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Section: Taryag Mitzvos   Category: Mitzva Opportunity
Little Boo Boo?

Do you occasionally stub your toe, get a cut or scrape, or bang your hand? Is it a coincidence? Is it carelessness on your part or a person next to you? Think correctly and you have an important and easy opportunity to get a mitzva. The Sefer Chareidim says that "Tziduk HaDin"; acknowledging Hashem's Din is a Mitzvas Aseh counted among the Taryag Mitzvos according to the Smag and Smak. This means, says the Chareidim, that anytime something bad happens big or small, whether to your body, your money, or your children you need to acknowledge that it is Hashem that is punishing you. The Pasuk says "V'Yadata Im Livavecha Ki Ka'asher YiYaser Ish Es B'no Hashem Elokecha Miyasreka"; you should know in your heart that like a father punishes a child, Hashem is punishing us. You should bow your head and remain silent.

If you believe that these incidences are pure coincidence says the Chareidim then in the famous words of the Tochacha, Hashem will leave your whole life to coincidence and not watch over you causing you trouble upon trouble. The Chareidim doesn't mention this but I imagine that blaming the person who left on the floor the book that you tripped over is probably even worse.

The truth is that this mitzva applies to every facet of our lives. From the big things like bad breaks at work and in business to health issues to the minutest detail of the way the person on the road in front of you is driving and causing you to be late. Everything that happens is orchestrated by Hashem and you should take your complaints to him. Why because it's the only way to really get things done and because it's a mitzva.

The Baal Shem Tov adds one very important detail in explaining the famous gemara that says, if you reach into your pocket to take out three coins and only pull out two, it is considered yisurim. He says this applies only if you acknowledge that it was from Hashem. You may as well or else Hashem will need to send you a stronger wake up call.

So what we are proposing this week is something relatively easy and small just to help get ourselves off the ground and thinking in the right direction. If you have a run in with any sort of object that inflicts on you any slight pain don't get upset. Just smile and say "Thanks Hashem, I know that was from you. I guess you are trying to tell me something." Of course this should extend to all matters big and small but we need to start somewhere. You already got the boo boo so you may as well get the mitzva.

Have a very safe week!

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