[Avodah] hakarat hatov

Micha Berger via Avodah avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Thu Sep 10 12:23:31 PDT 2015

On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 04:56:04PM -0400, Akiva Miller via Avodah wrote:
: R' Micha Berger:
:> I do not even know of a term for requiring repaying a favor. Although
:> there is meishiv ra'ah tachas tovah (Mishlei 17:13, c.f. Bereishis 44:4,
:> Shemuel I 25:21, Yirmiyahu 18:20, Tehillim 35:12, 38:21, 109:5). Not an
:> obligation to repay as much as an issur against doing them wrong.

: "Mah ashiv laShem, kol tagmulohi alai?"

I do not see obligation here. Rather, how can I possibly repay, given
that everything I have is from Him. Even if voluntarily. Therefore
(next pasuq), I will simply recognize what He gave me (kos yeshu'os esa)
and that He was the One Who gave it (uvsheim H' eqra), follow through
on what I already promised....

Do you see new obligations in this pereq?

Tir'u baTov!

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