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by Reb Mordechai Rosen z"l
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Parsha What does Hashem Elokecha ask from you, but to fear Hashem Elokecha and to walk in His ways. (Devorim, Perek Yud, Pasuk Yud Gimmel)

Parshas Chaye Sarah

"V’Hashem Bayrach Es Avraham Bakol" (Perek Chof Daled Pasuk Alef). In Bentching we say "May the Merciful G-d bless us and everything we have, just as our forefathers Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov were blessed in everything, from everything, and with everything…a perfect blessing." How exactly does one define A perfect blessing - "Bracha Shlaymah"? In Shmoneh Esrei we say there are three things that are Shalem, whole or perfect. They are Teshuva, Geulah and Refuah. Teshuva, is a reference to being blessed with Torah, which is Kol, everything. Torah is a reference to Yaakov who spent most of his life immersed in the study of Torah. Geulah is being blessed from everything, Mekol. When Moshiach comes we will be redeemed from all forms of Galus. Geulah is a reference to Yitzchak. The Gemara in Pesachim talks about the feast Hashem will prepare on the day that Moshiach comes. It refers to this day as the day Hashem will do a Chesed for the descendants of Yitzchak. Refuah is blessed with everything, Bakol. The Gemara in Bava Basra on this Pasuk tells us that Avraham had a precious stone which he wore around his neck. All those who were ill and looked at this necklace were cured. Avraham was renowned for his Chesed and Hachnosas Orchim. These two Mitzvoth are ones that you do with everything you have, all of your possessions. What is interesting is that the words Chesed, kindness (Ches, Samach, Daled) and the word Orayach, guest (Alef, Vov, Resh, Ches) when added together equal the gematria of the word Rofeh, healer (Resh, Vov, Pey Alef). When Hashem blessed Avraham, he blessed him with the power of healing which is one of the three things Chazal tell us are a perfect blessing

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