LESSONS OF JUDAISM

 

Feeling Close to G-d

†† Every autumn the township gathers the developmentís leaves into a two story tall pile.  The neighborhood kids love to jump off the top into the leaves below.  When my son was eleven, he lost both sneakers while jumping in the leaves.  Armed with a rake we were able to find only one sneaker before it became too dark to search further.  The next morning, after looking for an hour, we prayed to Hashem for help.  We asked Him to guide us to the right place though we would do the actual looking.My son then picked a spot that we had already looked in many times.With one swipe of the rake I moved aside a bunch of leaves and there was the sneaker.

 

†† Some people find it easy to feel G-dís presence and others have trouble feeling close to G-d.While peopleís feelings may vary, G-dís response is consistent for anyone who seeking.  He will guide where to look though the person must do the looking.ďAnd from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.Ē 1The Baal Shem Tov taught that ďfrom thereĒ means that G-d meets a person at his own level, as long as the person is seeking Him.2

 

†† It is also important to be seeking the right target.  Those seeking to feel close to G-d may never succeed.  On the other hand, if one seeks to BE close to G-d, the feelings may follow.  Doing those things that G-d says unifies our souls with Him will draw one close.

 

†† Elijah was told to stand on a mount before HaShem.3  When HaShem passed by there was a great wind that broke the rocks but, HaShem was not in the wind.  Then there was an earthquake but, He was not in the earthquake. Then there was a fire but, He was not in the fire. After the fire there was a still small voice and that was HaShem.

†† Many times people look for emotional experiences, entertaining prayer services, etc.That is not where He is.  It is important to seeking Him where He is and not just where one wants Him to be.

 

†† Some souls may have a harder time.  This may sound trite but, each soul has it's own mission.  It may well be that for some their mission is to seek under difficult conditions, where it is hard to feel like they are making any progress.

 

†† Finally, experience has shown that there must be a first step.That step is to acknowledge that if there is a greater Being, that one wants to know that Being.

1. Deuteronomy 4:29

2. Living Each Day-Tishrei-Cheshvan, Rabbi A. Twerski, p19.

3. I Kings 19: 9-13

 

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