August 9, 2001
A Portion of Parshat Ekev
Moses says to the people of Israel: "When you reach the Land of Israel, you will have plenty of food. You will have gold and silver. You will have fine houses to live in. Take care not to forget God, who brought you out of Egypt and through the dangerous desert."
Imagine that you have worked hard on a science project. You got a lot of help from your parents. They bought you the materials and helped you type the information on the computer. Your cousin helped you build the model. The librarian told you what books to read. Finally, you bring your science project to school, and you win first prize. You get all the praise. Sometimes it's easier to think: "I did this all by myself." But now is the time to remember all the people who helped you get to this point. In the same way, the people of Israel must not forget who it was who brought them to the Land of Milk and Honey.