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Parshas Ki Tissa

Take Nothing for Granted

As Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and beheld the people dancing around the Golden Calf, he took the two tablets on which the Ten Commandments were engraved and threw them down, smashing them. It was only at this moment, just before the two tablets are about to be destroyed, that the Torah goes in to great detail describing the beauty of the tablets. “Tablets inscribed on both their sides were G-d’s Handiwork.”

In Chapter 31, verse 18, however, the first time the tablets are mentioned in the Torah, the tablets are not depicted in such an elaborate manner. The Torah is teaching us a profound lesson in human behavior. Unfortunately, most people only appreciate that which they have when it is about to be taken away from them. Throughout their lives, when they can enjoy and appreciate G-d’s blessings, they take those blessings for granted. So, when we gather with our family members and loved ones, let us pause for a moment and think how truly blessed we are right now, and not wait until those blessings are no longer with us to express our appreciation.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yis