You shall love the L-RD your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
“On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
Last week, many of us undertook memorizing Scriptures, inscribing them on our hearts. Some of us also undertook to memorize special blessings that are said within Klal Yisrael (all of Israel) in the evening, morning, and afternoon. The focus, in my own mind, was toward drawing closer to G-d and finding ways to show Him I love Him — fulfilling the first and great commandment. It is truly wonderful to be able to be intentional in speaking His words, and blessing and thanking Him for all that He has given us.
This week we are going to focus on the second commandment, by speaking blessings over our family and friends. Who doesn’t love to be thanked, complimented or told of some character trait that someone else sees and values?
This week’s Torah portion is primarily about Jacob blessing his children and his children’s children.
“All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.” (Genesis 49:28)
He spoke prophetic truth over them and those blessings resound into eternity and will not return void (Is. 55:10,11).
Saying “I appreciate you” or “Thank you”, and speaking truth over your family and friends is a way to bring life, joy, light and hope to others. But it is not just with words we can bless others; consider what you might do to show your loved ones just how much they bless you, by doing something you know will make them feel loved, respected, and honored (valued).
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered. (Proverbs 11:25)
I speak blessings over all of you, my dear readers, that you will have a fruitful week, filled with joy, hope, love, light, and truth. May you experience the love of our Father in a very real and tangible way this week as you endeavor to walk faithfully after Messiah Yeshua.