Please Teach Us to Love


[Be-Ahavah U-Be-Emunah – Devarim 5773 – translated by R. Blumberg]

 

Avraham, our Father

And Sarah, our Mother

Please teach us to love!

To love G-d.

To love man –

G-d’s creatures.

For if we truly love G-d

Then we will love His creatures as well.

You, Avraham and Sarah,

Such were your whole lives –

Loving G-d.

“Avraham who loved G-d” (Yeshayahu 41:8)

And Sarah, who loved Him as well.

Because of your love for G-d

You left everything behind.

You land, your birthplace,

Your father’s house –

To serve G-d.

And throughout your lives,

You sacrificed all you had,

For G-d’s sake.

Please teach us to be like you.

To see G-d’s goodness.

Thank G-d for He is good!

For His kindness lasts forever!

G-d does so much good for us!

 

Avraham, our Father

And Sarah, our Mother.

You never thought about yourselves.

But only about others.

Only about G-d.

Please teach us to follow your path.

We gaze upon you.

And we recite in a loud voice

The words of our great prophet Yeshayahu:

“Look to the rock you were hewn from.

To the quarry you were dug from.

Look back to Avraham your father

And to Sarah who brought you forth.”

(Yeshayahu 51:1-2)

Please teach us to be like you.

For we were hewn from you.

For in essence, we are like you.

Our soul comes from you.

But with all our heart, soul and might,

We long to be like you in our lives as well.

Every single day of our lives.

Yes, please teach us to live

With nothing but the love of G-d

And the love of G-d’s creatures.

Morning, noon and night.

With every ounce of intellect

We shall read of your deeds

In the words of our Torah

In the words of our Sages.

We shall apply our minds

And you, please, help us!

Influence us from On High

To love G-d and His people Israel.

To serve G-d and His people Israel.

Make our devotion to this absolute.

Please teach us.

Avraham, our Father

And Sarah, our Mother