How To Emulate God ✡ “Worship None But Him, And Hold Fast To Him”- Israel365

Follow none but Hashem your God, and revere none but Him; observe His commandments alone, and heed only His orders; worship none but Him, and hold fast to Him.
Deuteronomy 13:5 (The Israel Bible™)

אַחֲרֵי יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֹתוֹ תִירָאוּ וְאֶת־מִצְוׂתָיו תִּשְׁמֹרוּ וּבְקֹלוֹ תִשְׁמָעוּ וְאֹתוֹ תַעֲבֹדוּ וּבוֹ תִדְבָּקוּן
Hear the verse in Hebrew

a-kha-RAY a-do-NAI e-lo-hay-KHEM tay-LAY-khu v’-o-TO tee-RA-u v’-et mitz-vo-TAV
tish-MO-ru uv-ko-LO tish-MA-u v’-o-TO ta-a-VO-du u-VO 
tid-ba-KUN

How To Emulate God

This verse concludes with the directive to cleave to Hashem (God). Since it is impossible to literally “hold fast” to a being that has no physical form, the Sages explain that this commandment means we are required to emulate His ways. Just as Hashem performs kind deeds, buries the dead (Deuteronomy 33:6) and visits the sick (Genesis 18:1), so too must we be kind to others and take care of their needs. Contemporary Israel fulfills this mandate, and emulates God’s compassion. It is often the first country to respond to natural disasters, providing medical aid and other assistance around the world. For example, when a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the IDF was amongst the first responders on the scene. Find inspiration in your day-to-day life with the Israel365 Daily Inspirationsdevotional. 

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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, it is a growing, effective organization. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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