Parshas Veh'Eschanan :
 By: Yaacov Silverstein
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Parshas Veh'Eschanan:

Pasuk (4:4):

"VehAtem Hadveikim B' Hashem Eilokeichem, Chaim Kulchem Hayom".

Comes Rav Aryeh Levin zt"l and asks, why is a sinner called a "Bal Aveirah" while one who enters into, or does Mitzvos, is called a "Bar Mitzvah".

Why by one do we use Bar, while by another we use Bal??

Comes Rav Aryeh Levin and explains that one who does an Aveirah, is only called a "Bal" over his sin. For if he wishes he can remove and separate himself from his Aveirah, like a Bal can separate from his wife.

Yet one that enters into doing Mitzvos, he is called "Bar", a son.

Just like a son is unable to separate himself from his parents, the same one can't separate from Mitzvos in order for one to live a true life.

One must be constantly attached and following the Mitzvos, all of his life.

Than one can do:

"Veh Atem Hadveikim B'Hashem Elokeichem, Chaim Kulchem HaYom."

One must love Hashem with all his heart, for it says:

Pasuk(6:6) Veh-Hayu Hadvarim Ha-aleh Asher Anochi Metzavche Hayom Al Levavecha".

One must remove his faulty character traits and emotions from your heart before you will experience your love for Hashem.

Rav Pliskin brings down the Kotzker Rebbe who comments on this that at times one heart may be closed, and the concepts and ideas that one may accept intellectually, do not penetrate deep into ones heart, and does not become an integral part of him. He doesn't "live it".

Yet continues the Kotzker, one should not give up. One should still keep these concepts on his heart, for even if they did not yet enter yet into his heart, once they are "Al Levavecha" - on your heart, as soon as ones heart opens a tiny drop, these concepts will seep into his heart.

In order for one to feel a change in his life when living a Torah life, one must take the Torah concepts and put them into his heart, he must live a Torah life.

To conclude, Pasuk(4:29) says that " From there you would seek Hashem your G-d, and you will find him, for you will seek him with all your heart and with all your soul."

Comes the Kotzker and explains that the action of ones seeking Hashem, is the finding of Hashem. For searching Hashem is very different than searching for treasure.

For when one searches for treasure, if he doesn't find it at the end, his search is in vain. While the search for Hashem, the showing of a yearning to come closer to Hashem and to find Hashem in ones everyday life, this in itself is finding Hashem.

Finding Hashem is not something external to the search, but is the search itself.

All we have to do is search for g-d with "all our heart and all our soul", and we will certainly find him. (Based on Rav A. Twerski).