The 10th and final portion of the Chumash of Leviticus open as G-d promises the Jewish people if they follow His rules (Bechukotai, in Hebrew), they will be rewarded with material wealth and well – being. The opposite is also true, by neglecting G-d’s laws, they will forfeit His blessings.

“If you do not listen to me….” 26:14-43)

Jewish mysticism teaches us that G-d, the Torah, and humanity all possess both hidden and revealed dimensions. In the Torah’s “revealed” dimension, the corrective punishments described in these verses are indeed curses; but in the Torah’s concealed dimension, these “punishments” are indeed blessings. This does not mean that they are only “figurative” blessings – painful experiences we must endure for the greater good. They are real blessings, and not just ordinary blessings, but the greatest, most sublime blessings.

In fact, it is specifically the most sublime blessings that have to be expressed (and sometimes experienced) as curses. This is because whenever G-d bestows a blessing upon us, it must first pass through the heavenly “court”, where the prospective recipient is judged as to whether he or she is worthy of receiving it.

However, when a blessing is “disguised” as a curse, it “bypasses” the court’s “prosecuting attorneys” and makes its way straight to us, the recipients.

When we experience what appears to be a Divine curse, it is really His blessing in disguise, this awareness helps transform G-d’s hidden blessings into revealed ones.

Have a wonderful successful week followed by a meaningful Shabbat.

This Shabbat we bless the new moon for the month of Sivan. Rosh Chodesh is on Tuesday 31st May.