Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

By Rabbi Daniel Travis

And after these events God Tested Avraham... (Bereshith 22:1)

A person may profess strong ideologies, but this does not necessarily mean that he is living up to those ideals. God tests a person in order to push him to actualize his potential. He thereby shows the world, and the person himself, that he is not just espousing lofty ideals, but rather that he lives by what he says (1). God tested Avraham with ten trials; the final and most difficult one was the Akeidah, in which Avraham was commanded to offer his son as a sacrifice to God.

Although God does not present us with challenges as great as the Akeidah, we are nonetheless obligated on a daily basis to show that our actions are consistent with our beliefs. One of the ways we do this is during the morning and evening prayers when we mention the Exodus of the Jewish People from Egypt and all the miracles which accompanied that event, and immediately afterward we recite the Amidah prayer. Since the Exodus from Egypt and all of the miracles that surrounded it are an expression of Divine Omnipotence, when we mention all that God did for us then, we are affirming our faith. In order to demonstrate the authenticity of our belief, after mentioning the Exodus in our prayers, we immediately turn to God in prayer (2).

This concept is further strengthened in the actual phrasing of the prayer from Al haRishonim to Ga’al Yisrael in which the word emeth is repeated six times, corresponding to the six times that the word emeth is hinted to in the creation narrative (3). Since this prayer is preparing us to demonstrate that our beliefs are substantiated by our actions, the more we internalize the reality of these events, the stronger our faith will be as we approach God in prayer. Therefore our Sages saw fit to mention the word truth so many times at this point in the liturgy.


1. Ramban.
2. From the commentary of Rabbeinu Yonah on Brachoth 4b.
3. Bereshith 1:1, 1:4, 1:21, 1:27, 1:31, 2:3. See the essay “Signs of Truth I,” (Page 9).


Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NETZAVIM AND VAYEILECH:

View Complete List

It's Already in Your Mouth
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

Can the Sun Just Not Rise?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Rav Chaim Saw In The Pasuk What We See With Our Eyes
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

> School of Soft Knocks
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

Only Skin Deep
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

Hide & Go Seek
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Blessing As A Precursor of Teshuva
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5769

"The Man Who Blesses Himself In His Heart Saying..." Wasn't Totally Wrong
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Where Torah and Life Meet
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Sputterless
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Lessons to be Learned from the Jealousy of Moshe Rabbeinu
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Moshe Rabeinu's Last Day
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

ArtScroll

This Time, Let's Do It Right
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Passing Yichus
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

On a Personal Note
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Heard but not Seen
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information