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We all have our challenges through the twists and turns of life. Some are easy and some are harder. Sometimes we see bracha clearly in our lives and at times, it seems that the wells of bracha have dried up.

Chazal in Taanis 8b state that bracha does not rest upon things that have already been weighed, measured or counted, rather bracha can only be found on things hidden from sight. The Kedushas Levi asks, that we find by the Mishkan that everything had an exact accounting, yet there was still Bracha there?

The Kedushas Levi answers based on the pasuk in Shir Hashirim 7;5 describing Klal Yisrael. Shlomo HaMelech says – עיניך ברכות בחשבון – the eyes are like the pools in Cheshbon.

The root of Ayin Hara is when a rasha, such as Bilaam, looks at something. Through his vision, he puts an Ayin Hara, a destructive force, on the object. This works  because when he looked at something, he looked at it for what it was worth to him. Just what he saw. He did not look at the full picture and the connection that it has to Hashem. Thus, he separated it from its spiritual connection and its conduit to bracha.

When a Jew looks at something, the pasuk says עיניך ברכות בחשבון. The Berditchiver explains this pasuk that the eyes of Klal Yisrael become pools or a wellspring of Shefa and Bracha, regardless of the accounting. He explains that when a Jew looks at something, he sees Hashem in it. Because when a person connects what he is looking at to its ultimate root – Hakadosh Baruch Hu – he is opening up a channel of Bracha and Shefa upon this thing.

This is what the pasuk means when it says ואלה פקודי המשכן. Everything was counted and weighed many times and there was a very clear accounting of what everything was. Nevertheless, the Shechina with all its accompanying brachos rested upon it.

Life is indeed challenging, yet when we work to find the G-dliness in everything we do and connect it to Hashem, we will have pools of bracha.

(Source: Kedushas Levi: Pekudei)
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