Wednesday August 28, 2019
As I was copying out a verse from Malachi, I began to hear thunder, outside of my apartment door. When I walked outside, the rain began to pour down from the sky. Why does this seem significant to me? Consider for yourself; here is the verse: “Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now herewith, saith the L-RD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall be more than sufficiency” (Malachi 3:10, JPS 1917 Tanach).
This brings to mind that my avodas (service) to H’Shem, consisting to a large degree in the efforts that I make to share words of Torah with others, is, in a way, akin to taking a large chunk (tithe) of time and effort to do so. Many people are able to give of themselves to others; to some degree this depends on their talents, as well as their ability to give monetarily. G-d promises that when we make our best effort to do so, there will be a reward from Shomayim (Heaven).
In Israel, the promise of rain meant that there would be a good yield of crops; today, there will also be a return, measure for measure, for our kindness to others. Let us rejoice in the abundance of our lives, when we receive blessings from the “windows of heaven.” Nor, let us be stingy, by holding back our ability to “tithe;” rather than being selfish, we should consider others. It would be in our own best interests, to make the effort to contribute to the lives of others, according to whatever means that we are able.