The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Ki Tezai 5776
Rav Mordechai Elon
This week we will read in the parsha the mitzvah of returning lost items
לֹֽא תִרְאֶה֩ אֶת שׁ֨וֹר אָחִ֜יךָ א֤וֹ אֶת שֵׂיוֹ֙ נִדָּחִ֔ים וְהִתְעַלַּמְתָּ֖ מֵהֶ֑ם הָשֵׁ֥ב תְּשִׁיבֵ֖ם לְאָחִֽיךָ.
You shall not see your brother's ox or sheep straying, and ignore them. Rather, you shall return them to your brother.
Rashi explains the words "ignore them"
by covering one’s eyes, pretending not to see it.
Ignoring things is part of life and part of our human nature – this is what the mitzvah is trying to educate us not to do, to try and ignore things less and react more. We should try not to ignore what God puts in our path, even if it isn’t "part of the plan".