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Parshas Lech Lecha

Be A Blessing

After blessing Avraham, Hashem tells him, “He’yei beracha”- “You shall be a source of blessing”, words that imply a higher level of blessing than simply, “You shall be blessed.” Most people seek blessings for themselves, and if given a choice, would opt to be blessed rather than be a source of blessing- receiving rather than giving, being served rather than serving. But the Torah teaches the opposite: we will attain a greater level of fulfillment if we aspire to be a blessing to others. Our eminent  Zeide, Harav HaGaon Avraham HaLevi Jungreis, zt”l, would often say in Yiddish, “Zolst eemer kenen geibon, un kein mol nisht Darien beiten- May Hashem grant that you may always be in a position to give and never need to ask (for financial assistance).” If we bear this in mind, we will not feel burdened when called upon to serve, and we will become a blessing to our families, to our community, and to our people. If we do that, we will make a difference in the world- and indeed, we will be truly blessed. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yisroel