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Section:  Avodah   Category: Chanoch L'Naar
Blessed Is He Who Threatens And Carries Out
We bless Hashem thirteen times in Baruch SheAmar, all of them quite understandable.  We talk about His Rachmanus, how He created the world, about Schar and all sorts of nice things.  The one seemingly out of place bracha is "Boruch Gozeir U'Mikayem", blessed is Hashem who decrees and carries it out.  We daven all the time for Hashem to abolish His harsh decrees.  Why do we thank Him for carrying them out?

If a child misbehaves we sometimes resort to threats to get the child to stop acting in a bad way.  We certainly don't do this because we like punishing.  On the contrary, we assume that this punishment is severe enough to encourage the child to behave.  We hope not to carry out the threat.  We don't enjoy doing things to the child that he doesn't like.

If our assumptions prove incorrect and the child stubbornly clings to his way, we are forced to make a decision.  One that we may not have pondered when issuing the threat.  Are we prepared to carry it out?  The biggest problem with going through with it is that this is not the most effective way of teaching a child the proper way.  He cannot understand that this is for his good and you love him.  Face it, he doesn't believe that a smack hurts you more than it hurts him.  On the other hand if we don't carry out our threat, our words become meaningless and it reinforces the child's deviant behavior.

The same is our relationship with Hashem.  Hashem guides us with a mixture of love and fear.  Surely He wants to shower us only with good.  Yet from time to time He keeps us in check with a small slap on the wrist if we don't mend our ways.  It is hard to develop Yiras Shamayim through the fear of Yom HaDin in the next world since we have never seen it and cannot comprehend it.  If Hashem would let us cruise through life without carrying out any of His threats what would be with us?

Boruch Gozeir U'Mikayem.  Thank you Hashem for the occasional reminders even though You suffer more in our suffering than we do.  Boruch Osei Bireishis, we know that You created the world and only want good for us.  Boruch Miracheim Al Habriyos, thanks for pitying us and carrying out your threats.
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