God is accessible to all—the rich and the poor, the righteous and the evil and everyone in between.
God warns us in this week’s Parasha not to think that only the wealthy and the righteous have access to the Almighty or that only the prayers of certain individuals are heard.
The poor, the homeless, the orphan and widow are never to be scorned or abused. We are admonished to respect each person.
Mishpatim, Exodus Chapter 22:25-26 warns that God will especially heed the prayer of a poor person who has been victimized or taken advantage of. “If he cries out to me, I will pay heed, for I am compassionate.”
It is an unfortunate truth of human nature that we show greater kindness, courtesy and respect to those already wealthy and successful, perhaps to the exclusion of others.
God wants and the Torah teaches that each person should be treated with dignity and respect.
If anyone called out to God about you, what would they be saying? Hopefully something good.
This Shabbat we learn with Rabbi Aaron Bergman on another topic related to who we are and what God expects of us. He states, “The theme is how former slaves liberated the world. They asked for justice and not vengeance.”
9:45 a.m. in the Shiffman Chapel. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.