Choosing to Live a Blessed Life

Tomorrow’s “parasha” (weekly Torah portion) is “Be-Chukotai’” {בחוקותי} (‘In my statutes’) – which is the tenth and last “parasha” in the Book of Leviticus and is found in Leviticus 26:3–27:34.

This week’s Torah portion describes the different blessings for obedience to God’s laws and on the other side the curses (punishments) for disobedience to God’s laws. Let’s have a look at the opening verse of the ‘Parasha’ (weekly Torah portion):

“If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.” (Leviticus 26:3-4)

An old Jewish folklore legend says that an angel of God appeared to King Solomon in a dream and told him he could ask for anything he desired but only ONE thing. King Solomon thought about that and said: ‘If I need to choose only one thing, it would be wisdom.’ The angel of God was so impressed and said: “Other kings ask for power, money and victories in the battlefields but you are different – you know that by having wisdom you would achieve all of those things and more.”

So are the words of God as they appear in our weekly Torah portion. People desire many things (both material and spiritual) and that is why our weekly Torah portion says that if one would ‘walk in God’s statutes’ (‘Chukot’ {חוקות} in Hebrew) then one could achieve everything he desires.