LESSONS OF JUDAISM

 

 

Choices

   One evening, when Thomas A. Edison returned home from work his wife said, “You’ve worked to long without a rest.  You must take a vacation.”  Inquiring where he should go she said, “Decide where you’d rather be than anywhere else and go there.”  He answered, “Very well, I will go tomorrow.”  The next morning he returned to his laboratory.

 

   Life is a series of choices. Many choices in life center on choosing to do wrong or follow G-d.  Temptation to do wrong is part of creation and will never cease for most people. The goal is to make right choices.

 

   G-d brought all things into being and He continuously maintains the existence of all things.   While G-d’s existence is hidden, without His continued efforts, nothing would exist.  Nothing exists apart or separate from G-d.  Using dreams as an analogy, everything in a dream exists because the dreamer creates them.  It is all in the dreamer’s head and is part of the dreamer.  The people in the dream are not aware of this.  The existence of the dreamer is hidden from them. They continue to exist only as long as the dreamer continues to create them. Once the dreamer awakes the “creative process” stops and everything and everyone in the dream ceases to exist.

   This world would not exist without G-d continuously sustaining it.  It does not exist separate from G-d.  However, the appearance of this world is that it exists separate from G-d.  The definition of evil is the belief that there is existence apart from G-d. In truth, all things are part of G-d and G-d is everywhere.  There is nothing separate from Him.  Temptation to sin is really temptation to believe in an existence separate from G-d and letting that belief guide one’s actions and choices.

 

   A Jew has two souls. One is a divine soul, which is a spark of G-d Himself.  The other is the animal soul. The animal soul gives life to the body and it is the person.  The animal soul is part of this world and sees all things as existing independent from G-d.  To the animal soul what is important are the matters of this world.  The animal soul leads one to be concerned with and attracted to the things of this world.  Since it sees itself as separate and not needing G-d for existence, it does not put much effort toward Him.  It tempts and calls us to focus on what it perceives as important; the matters of this world.

 

   The task is choosing to believe in and follow G-d no matter how well He is concealed.

 

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Growth

Equilibrium

Find a Good Teacher

Judaism, A Religion of New Beginnings

Knowledge and Wisdom

Never Give Up

Our Greatest Teacher

Progress

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Truth; Our Most Powerful Tool

Value of Routine

Relationship: To G-d

Dishonoring Torah

Feeling Close to G-d

G-d Wants the Heart

Incomplete Offering

Time Spent

Whole and Willing

 

 

Prayer

Answers to Prayer

G-d Will Answer Your Prayers

Most Effective Prayer Offered

Purpose of Prayer

Why Prayer Services Aren’t More Entertaining

Role of The Jewish People

(Purpose of Creation)

Eternal Life

Everything is Connected

G-d’s Hidden Presence

Key to Success

My Part

Our Actions Change the World

Revealing the Concealed

Why the Animal Soul Controls the Body

 

 

Relationship: To Another Jew

Harbor No Enmity

Practicing Forgiveness

Spouses

Who Are your Victims?

The Soul’s Mission

Just Right

Leaving a Mark on the World

Perfect Family

Perspective

Repair Your Part

 

 

Relationship: To Community

Charity Given With Joy

Love Every Jew

Mitzvah of Giving Up

Single Entity

Special Role of the Baal Teshuvah

Unity From Acceptance

Whole Story

Trust and Faith

Choices

Choosing for a Purpose

Don’t Put G-d in a Box

Faith

Stick With G-d

 

 

 

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