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The Torah is teaching us that if I have received something, I must recognize it, even if it is a mixed blessing. Therefore, while we don’t completely welcome the Mitzrim into our midst, we can’t reject them either.

One of the most motivating forces in our avodas Hashem is a sense of “I need to pay back.” How can I not do everything in my power to pay back the huge debt that I have to Hashem? However, this is based on my understanding of the sheer amount of good I receive. Unfortunately, we are a bit like the spoiled teenager who has everything and therefore has nothing. It is difficult for us to thank Hashem. It isn’t that we don’t have; it is that we don’t perceive it.

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When I train myself to appreciate the great wealth I enjoy, I gain an automatic sense of wanting to pay back. By doing this, I enjoy my stay in this world to a much greater extent, I am grateful for what others do for me, and I have an unending sense of appreciation for all the blessings I have received from Hashem.

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  1. sorry rabbi, but I believe that human nature is basically ungratefull and it is only through suffering we learn to be thankful and give praise and glory to God for His steadfast love and His mercy. as in Numbers 11 verse one, we learn that G-d is not happy when we complain, shalom and G-d bless.

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