In this week's Perasha, Moshe tells the Jewish people additional commandments they need to follow. And then he implores upon them to:
"...do what is good and right in the eyes of G-d." (Debarim 12:28)
It seems rather obvious for Moshe Rabenu, the leader of the Jewish people, to tell his followers to do what is right in the eyes of Hashem. But this really isn't as much of a rhetorical statement as one might think.
We live in a society where we care enormously about what other people think about us. Whether you're aware of it or not, the things you say, the clothes you wear, and the places you shop are influenced largely by the perception you want to give to others. This is precisely why in public we might act one way towards someone, but in private - outside the watchful eyes of those we so much want to impress - we will act in a completely different way.
When Moshe told the Jews to do what is good and right in the eyes of Hashem, he was teaching us all a life-changing insight: G-d is everywhere. He's right next to you as you're reading this. And He "follows" you when you walk to your car, and He sits right next to you at work. There isn't a cubic foot of space in which G-d is not completely and totally present and aware of everything this is being said and done. Remember, when it comes to Hashem's presence, there's no such thing as privacy. Hashem is always right there.
In New York City's Time Square there exists a massive television screen called the JumboTron. Thousands of people - some as far as 20 city blocks away - can see whatever images are displayed on this screen. What if you lived your life as though it was being shown live on the JumboTron? How much different would you act if everything you did was being broadcast in realtime on this giant screen?
But that's exactly the powerful message that G-d's teaching us. We are on this screen and Hashem is observing everything.
So instead of doing what looks right in the eyes of your co-workers and friends, listen to the words of Moshe. Concern yourself with impressing the One who truly wants you to become great and strive to do what is good and right in the eyes of our Creator.
Rabbi Isaac Farhi