Va’etchanan–Today

“ . . . which I command you this day to do them” (Deut. 7:11)

From the Talmud: R. Joshua b. Levi said, “What is the meaning of the verse of Scripture, ‘Which I command you this day to do them’?  ‘Today you have the opportunity to do them, but you may not put them off until tomorrow; today you are to do them, and tomorrow is set aside for you to receive a reward for doing them.’”  (Eruvim 22a)

In this rabbinic interpretation, “today” signifies “this world” and “tomorrow” signifies “the world to come.”  Only in this world do we have the opportunity for action and change.  With death, our lives achieve a final form.

And what of the world to come and its reward?  Well, the best interpretation of  “the world to come” that I’ve read can be found in the writings of Rabbi Ira Stone.  Only, I don’t understand it.

Yet.

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