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The worth of a gift - Vayikra

Thursday, 18 March, 2021 - 6:11 am

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Which gift would you give more joy, a new iPhone or a keychain?

Does who the giver is make a difference?

This week’s Parasha Vayikra teaches us about the possibilities a Jew has if he wants to offer something from his self to G-d. He can offer a fat animal as a sacrifice for the Temple. If he does not have enough money, he can offer a bird. If even this is difficult for him, he can bring a sacrifice made of flour and oil.

Which sacrifice is better? Which offering brings more joy to G-d?

Our Sages explain us that for G-d, quantity doesn’t matter. One brings more, one brings less, the most important is that they do it for G-d. If it is done with the proper intention, the sacrifices have an equal value in the eyes of G-d.

Sometimes, we think that our efforts don’t have value. Since we cannot compete with the incredible Chesed philanthropy projects or our neighbor or the prodigious Torah study of the rabbi. Then, why try at all? From the words of our Sages we understand that what matters is to give what we can wholeheartedly.

On the other hand, if someone wealthy decides to bring an inexpensive sacrifice, it will not be counted for him. Intention is not enough; our efforts need to correspond to our possibilities.

There was once a farmer who spoke a lot about how much he loves the kind and how devoted he is to him. If he had a golden palace, he said, he would give it to the king. He if had plenty of gold, he would give it all to the king. He would do the same if he had large flocks and expensive diamonds. Someone asked him what he would do if he had two chickens. Would he also give them to the king? The farmer answered negatively, and upon seeing the surprise of the listeners, explained: Palace, fields, flocks, he doesn’t have any of this, but two chickens are his only property…

Let us give to G-d what we have. Let us not be discouraged by what others give that we cannot give, it is enough to know that we did the best that we can, with all our heart.

Shabbat Shalom!

Hanna

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