“It is your God YHVH alone whom you should follow, whom you should revere, whose commandments you should observe, whose orders you should heed, whom you should worship, and to whom you should hold fast.” — Devarim/Deuteronomy 13:5

R. Hama son of R. Hanina said: “After the Lord your God shall ye walk” (Deut. 13:5). But is it possible for a man to walk right behind the Presence? Has it not already been said, “The Lord thy God is a devouring fire” (Deut. 4:24)? Yes, but what the verse means is that you are to follow the ways of the Holy One.

He clothed the naked: “The Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skin, and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21). So should you clothe the naked.

The Holy One visited the sick: “The Lord appeared unto him in the terebinths of Mamre” (Gen. 18:1). So should you visit the sick.

The Holy One buried the dead: “He buried [Moses] in the valley” (Deut. 34:6). So should you bury the dead.

The Holy One comforted mourners: “And it came to pass after the death of Abraham that God bestowed blessing upon Isaac his son” (Gen 25:11). So should you comfort mourners.
–I found this in Bialik/Ravnitzky’s The Book of Legends, but this is also found, almost verbatim, in the Talmud source they cite: B. Sotah 14a. For more on both sources, see Source Materials.

Posted by vspatz

Virginia blogs on Jewish topics at "A Song Every Day" and manages the Education Town Hall and #WeLuvBooks sites. More at Vspatz.wordpress.com

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