LESSONS OF JUDAISM

 

Donít Put G-d in a Box

†† The floodwaters were rising when the first rescue boat came.Refusing rescue the homeowner said, "The Lord will save me." A second boat came as the water started lapping against the eaves.Sitting on his roof the homeowner again refused rescue, "The Lord will save me," As the water reached his chest a helicopter flew overhead dangling a rope.Refusing help he shouted to the pilot, "The Lord will save me." After drowning he arrived in Heaven and asked G-d, ďWhy didnít you save me?Ē "Well" sighed the Lord God Almighty. "I did send two boats and a helicopter!"

 

†† People often decide which ways G-d can and cannot work.They put G-d in a box that limits their definition of what He does. To them, rigid boundaries define how G-d works, what He achieves and through whom He achieves it.

 

†† Consider a person who loses a job with a certain level of responsibility and salary. Sometimes there is an attitude that only job offers with the same or higher responsibility and salary will be considered.All other offers are refused.Often that person goes a long time without a job, until he is willing to change.Sometimes one has to be open that G-d may lead in another direction, that things wonít be the same.

 

†† I know someone laid off from a job with a good salary.After several months she had an offer in her field.It was a lower salary with a smaller company.She could have rejected the offer as a step down from her previous position.Instead she took it as a gift from G-d.She thought that something better would come along but in the meantime this was what

G-d was providing.

 

†† Over time she found that it was a great job.It was much more rewarding than any job she had before.She looked forward to going to work each day.In a couple years her earnings were back to the level she had before.Being laid off was the best thing that ever happened to her.It opened her mind to how G-d may work a different way. ďHe raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy out of the dunghill.Ē1

 

†† One never knows where and how G-d is going to work. G-d is in control of all things except free choice. G-d will do what G-d will do. ďWhatever He desires, He does.Ē2

1. Psalm 113:7 †††††††

2. Psalm 115:111

 

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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 Arenít More Entertaining

Role of The Jewish People

(Purpose of Creation)

Eternal Life

Everything is Connected

G-dís 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 Soulís 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

Donít Put G-d in a Box

Faith

Stick With G-d

 

 

 

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