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Shabbat Eikev

Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
Friday, August 23 Candle Lighting time 7:25 PM

When Jay was a child his parents gave him a new T-shirt for his birthday. He put it on right away and proudly wore it all day.


When he appeared the next morning in the shirt, his dad asked him, “Jay, does that shirt make you happy?”


“Not as much as yesterday,” Jay replied.


That’s the problem with material acquisition: Even the good things of life can’t give us the deep, lasting happiness we so strongly desire. Though we may have many possessions, we may still be unhappy. The whole premise of all those daytime soap operas depicts rich people who are very unhappy.


The world offers happiness through material accumulation: new clothes, a new automobile, an update to our phone or watch. But no material acquisition can make us as happy as it did yesterday.


We need something else. This week’s Torah portion, Eikev, reminds us that we need something more than material goods. “Man does not live on bread alone, but that man may live on anything the Lord decrees” (8:5) the Torah teaches us that we shouldn’t live only on bread. Because we were created in God’s own image, we are spiritual beings and thus we can’t exist on material goods alone. We need to satisfy what our souls desire. A diet of Torah, mitzvot, and gemilut hasadim, acts of lovingkindness will nourish that spiritual hunger. 


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


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