The Shikker Dovid would like to share a weird “read” on a rashi.
The Pasuk says in Bechukosai: Chap. 26, verse 20.” Your strength shall be in vain and your land shall not give produce.” The verse uses work “Tam”
Rashi gives a parable: If a man does not bother to work his field and then the wind blasts the soil away, that man is not really all shaken up or upset. But a man who work his land hard is very upset when the soil is blasted away, he is very upset and “the teeth of this man are set on edge.”
This last phrase harkens back to the Hagadah’s reference to the rasha. How is the Tam in this pasuk like the Rasha in the haggada?. The Shikker Dovid would like to suggest an answer: Only a rasha thinks his efforts and his own power dictates his wealth and destiny. The reason Rashi must give the parable is to show the full spectrum of life. The rasha believes if he put in effort, he must get a result. The reality is that all is in Hashem’s hands and in his will. The blunting of the teeth of the rasha is a wake up call to realize that all is in Hashem’s hands.
But, as Ben Franklin said: “God helps those who help themselves.”
I disagree it’s all in his hands and we have to beg and grovel for it all. I’m crazy.
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I guess we can agree to disagree (although I agree you are crazy [but loveable], but that’s a different story). I have heard many divrei torah and drashot which have begun with versions of the following parable which makes my point.
Once apon a time there was a man that lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town. The report said that the whole town should evacuate immediately. But the man said, “I’m religious, I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” But the waters began to rise. A man in a row boat came along and he shouted. ‘Hey! Hey you! You up there. The town is flooding. I can take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back: “I’m religious, I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” A helicopter came hovering overhead. A guy with a megaphone shouted. ‘Hey! You there! The town is fully flooded. Let me drop down a ladder and I will help you to safety.’ But the men shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God would take him to safety. The man then drownned. When he got to the olam haemet, he demanded an audience with God. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘I’m a religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?’ God said, ‘I sent you a radio report, a helicopter, and a guy in a row boat. What on earth are you doing here?’