LESSONS OF JUDAISM

 

Leaving A Mark on the World

†† When I was younger I saved my brotherís life.I got so angry at him I could kill him, but I didnít.

†† In every age there are heroes.There are also people whose achievements mold the world and leave it a different place.In even greater number are those who are not famous but have also had an impact on the world.

 

†† I know a synagogue that became quite successful in a short time.The Rabbi is personable and energetic.On the surface it appears that he is responsible for the Shulís success.On a deeper level the success is more due to something like a woman who lived in that town and faithfully lit Shabbat candles for 20 years.That is all she did, but she did it out of love and obedience to G-d.

 

†† Doing mitzvoth, studying and prayer is more than tradition or a requirement.Those efforts change the world. Our obedience is raised up to heaven and G-d responds and works in the world.It is only through manís acts of obedience that there is movement of G-dís influence and grace into this world.1

 

†† The obedience of the woman who faithfully lit candles invoked a response from G-d.He worked in the hearts of the people who now donate money and those who now attend the shul. He worked in the Rabbiís parents to raise him well.He worked in the heart of that young man to become a Rabbi.The groundwork being laid enabled this Rabbi to start a successful congregation that would bring people back to Judaism.All because of the obedience of this one woman to light candles.

 

You may never see the results of your obedience.You may never know where or how G-d worked but something has happened.Your efforts have left a mark on the world.

1. Igeret Hakodesh 4, p 405

 

TOPICS

 

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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