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It's All in the Timing

Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 )

by Rabbi Ron Jawary

"I will give you rain in its time" (Deut.11:14). It's interesting that one of the blessings the Torah promises us is rain, the source of life, and it specifies that it will come "in its time." The Talmud picks up on this and tells us that, despite the fact that we all need rain, it may not always come at a convenient or auspicious time.

One of the ideas behind this could be that a person needs to be appreciative of not only the blessings he receives, but also the manner in which they come to him. The Talmud teaches us that rain is symbolic of our livelihood. A person should pray that his livelihood comes at an appropriate time, when both he and his family can appreciate it and not be overwhelmed -- or "flooded" -- by it. Just as too much rain can drown the crops, too much money can quickly overwhelm a person and leave him worse off than before.

At times when we do not receive the blessings we want, we should realize that God's timing is better than ours.

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