Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Walking In Hashem’s Ways

The Torah tells us in a number of places that we should walk in the ways of HaShem. The Rabbis explain that this means that a person should strive to emulate the character traits of HaShem. It is important to note that in truth, HaShem does not possess ‘traits’ in the way that human beings do. Since HaShem is Infinite, His essence is beyond our comprehension. When we refer to His traits we really are referring to the ways that He expresses himself in this world.

The Rabbis focus on traits that are connected to interpersonal relationships, such as kindness and mercy. Moreover, there are numerous stories in the Torah where HaShem acted in a way that expressed a certain form of kindness. We know that all the stories in the Torah are not merely historical narrative, rather they teach us vital lessons about how we should conduct ourselves. Accordingly, when the Torah tells us that HaShem visited the sick, as He did in the beginning of Parshas Vayeira when He visits Avraham after his circumcision, then that emans that we should emulate G-d by also visiting the sick.

In coming weeks we will discuss various aspects of this command emulate HaShem.


 

Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen and Torah.org

Visit Rabbi Gefen's new blog at rabbiygefen.blogspot.com.

Rabbi Gefen's new book, The Guiding Light, is now available! To order, please contact Rabbi Gefen at Gefen123@smile.net.il or 00972 52 761 9935.


 


ARTICLES ON VAYIGASH AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Whole Justice
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

Jewish Unity
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

Tightening the Hellenistic Screws: A History of Chanukah, Part I
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5774

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Why Didn't Yosef Send A Letter?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Love Conquers All
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Connecting with the Avos - One Foot in the Grave
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

ArtScroll

Everyday Miracles
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

That's Chanukah
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Performances and Customs
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

> Those Who Know
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Basic Concepts and Laws
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Success by Whose Standards?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

As Amazing as Yosef HaTzadik
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Don't Rehash The Story of My Sale To Egypt
Rav Frand - 5768

Days of Eight
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

To Reveal Its Deeper Meaning
Rabbi Label Lam - 5761



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