Sedra Nasso, 120 Words. Gd’s Blessing, Not What We Expected
Beginning with Rashi and following through all the early commentators, the character and tone of Gd’s blessing- YeVaReCheCha … uttered through the priestly family of Cohanim … is not what we expect, not what is anticipated from a religious perspective.
It’s all about financial wealth and financial security.
A father was gently reprimanded by the Mirrer Rosh Yeshivah, R Nosson Tzvi Finkel, when he brought his young child to the Rosh Yeshivah. The child, obviously following the father’s training, asked R Nosson Tzvi for a blessing. R Nosson Tzvi responded by asking the child which Beracha they prefer, HaEitz for an apple or SheHaKol for ice cream?
The father urged the child to ignore the Rosh Yeshiva’s offer, and again ask for a blessing for success in becoming a good Jew and a Torah Sage. At which the Rosh Yeshivah addressed the father thus, “first we need to deal with the child’s pleasures”
Our Sages inform us that there is no reward in this world, it and our physical vehicle is both too small and too weak to provide and endure the reward due to those loyal to Gd. Nevertheless, Gd wants us to be happy.
Woe to the adult whose pleasures are infantile and woe to the child not provided with the pleasures they enjoy.