120 words Sedra Matos


An innocent act believed by the perpetrator to be a betrayal, requires forgiveness [Rashi 30:6]. Betrayal is not the action but the thought.

Need this be said? Your enemy who throws you to the ground, where you find a diamond, is still your enemy and deserves no thanks.

However, we are prone to envisage our relationship with HaShem in terms of tangibles, in features that can be displayed and viewed by others; the size of the Esrog and the minutiae of our performance. Our interpersonal relationships are also vulnerable to such superficialities such as the expense of the perfume.

We need to remind ourselves and we need to be reminded, that what goes on in the very private recesses of our minds, can be a betrayal that requires forgiveness and repair.