Posted on March 23, 2011
by Rachel Weislow, SWUSY, 5764
We are being watched. Everything that we do daily is seen by G-d. It is only human to be imperfect, and that is why were are taught how to correct our mistakes made in front of G-d and perhaps other people.
This weeks parsha, Vayikra, teaches us how to right the wrongs and be aware of the fact that our actions can cause effects. In most cases, when we are finally able to realize the consequences of what we do, we try to make less errors and better our wrong-doings. For example, say you are at a friends house and you are meeting their parents, you are on your best behavior. However, if you were at that same friends house and their parents weren’t home you would act differently, because you know you are not being watched, and you know that you don’t have to make a good impression on anyone. It is the same with G-d, except he is always watching us, and the torah portion teaches us that this is a good incentive to try to be on our best behavior no matter who we are with or what example we are setting.
So how do we better ourselves? Just remember, saying sorry doesn’t mean anything unless it comes from the heart. True repenting for our sins does not necessarily mean “pray to G-d for forgiveness,” but maybe it means “spread the charity and good-doings of the world.” A real way to say your sorry, is to mean it, and make-up for it by doing some mitzvot. Visit an edlerly home, read to young children, take a few minutes to put a smile on someone else’s face, and truly show some selflessness. When we make an error we can’t just erase it. We must prove ourselves worthy of forgiveness, and display our desires to do good in life.