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BURIED TREASURE

by Rabbi Shimon Feigenbaum    
Torah from Dixie Staff Writer    

In the verses that discuss the creation of the world, we are told six times, "And Hashem saw that it was good." At the end of creation we are told even more, "And Hashem saw everything that He made, and behold it was very good." We see that the Torah emphasizes the greatness and beauty of the world. Why is this necessary?

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In the verses that discuss the creation of the world, we are told six times, "And Hashem saw that it was good." At the end of creation we are told even more, "And Hashem saw everything that He made, and behold it was very good." We see that the Torah emphasizes the greatness and beauty of the world. Why is this necessary?

Rabbi Avigdor Miller, a renowned Torah scholar, explains that when one does not know what he has, he is considered poor. For example, imagine a person who lived in a house for thirty years. One day he gets a phone call from the former owner of the house, informing him about a buried treasure hidden under the living room. It was acquired along with the rest of the house thirty years before and it is his to keep. Imagine the joy felt by the homeowner. He is now wealthy. But the treasure was always there! Had he dug it up earlier he would have had it then. Can we say that the man who bought the house became wealthy thirty years earlier?

The answer is obvious. If you are unaware about something you have, it is as if you do not have it. The man therefore was not wealthy until this very moment.

The world we live in is full of wonderful creations. Hashem reminds us how good it is so that we should appreciate what we have, and be thankful to Hashem.

What are some examples of good things that we have that we may take for granted that we should be thankful for?

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Rabbi Shimon Feigenbaum is an educator at the Torah Day School of Atlanta.

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