This week's parsha, Mishpatim, follows the greatest event in Jewish history, the revelation at Sinai, the giving of the Ten Commandments. Mishpatim then ends with more about the Ten Commandments event. Sandwiched between the two there are many basic laws.
Why does Hashem have it written this way? Why is it, that smack in middle of the most sublime, spiritual experience, we have the most rudimentary, seemingly unspiritual laws?
We all yearn for a moving, spiritual experience. To be touched, moved and inspired. To rise above the mundane and soar, to experience a high and touch the divine.
This sounds nice, but is this what we are all about?
Of course, we are meant to develop a relationship with Hashem, but there is something more that Hashem wants of us.
By putting these laws in middle of the most sublime event, Hashem is telling us that there is something special about basic laws that is sublime as well.
Could being good, kind, honest and just, be spiritual? When you think of these laws as rudimentary, they are not so spiritual. However if you see them as Hashem's will, they take on a whole new meaning.
All of a sudden, the simplest things become meaningful. You are filled with a sense of fulfillment, knowing that you are doing what Hashem wants. Inspiration can be found in kindness, honesty, and in acceptance of the simplest Torah laws. Suddenly spirituality starts to be found in the most unexpected places. The simplest act can be sublime, and holy.
I have found that the simplest things in life make the greatest impact. For example, smiling at someone, can lift their spirits. An honest compliment, can change the way a person sees him / herself. When you learn to find joy in small things, there are always things to be joyous about.
Dina and I just celebrated our twentieth anniversary. Unable to do much, we wondered, how we would celebrate this milestone. So we went outside, sat under a tree and just enjoyed nature. The sun, leaves, birds, etc. It was wonderful.
Think of all the small things you can do to make a difference. Find joy in small things. If you do, you will always have something to be happy about.