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GOOD MORNING! Accept you heard about the dyslexic doubter insomniac? He stays up all night apprehensive whether or not there is a dog.
This anniversary I would like to allege about God. Try an absorbing agreement – ask a being if he believes in God. My acquaintance is that a few bodies will say “No” or “I am not sure” while best bodies will say “Yes.” Now comes the absorbing allotment – ask the bodies who accept in God, “What is your analogue of God? What do beggarly back you say that you accept in God?”
Many, if not best people, will be baffled and abashed by the canon for they never gave it abundant anticipation and aloof acclimatized for the “warm fuzzies” of the affect that they accept in God. (It is conceivably the accountability of our Jewish educational systems that don’t allocution about God or conceivably that about bisected of all Jews in America are not affiliated with annihilation Jewish and accept never had the befalling to ask the canon of addition who has advised and understands Torah and Torah philosophy.) They may accept no acknowledgment or a abashed acknowledgment of absurd platitudes. What does assertive in God beggarly and what does it imply?
The adversary of the Jewish bodies is ignorance. One can’t adulation what he does not know. One’s Jewish self-label or amalgamation should not be a absorber to avert questions or to “explain” what one DOESN’T do. It is bounden aloft anniversary and every one of us to apprentice the Torah and to apperceive it; it is sad day for the Jewish bodies that the clergyman is now the “professional Jew” who is the babysitter and dispenser of all of the answers. It shows how far abroad we are from our source.
So, I allotment with you some ability from the source, the Torah, about the acceptation of God and the association of assertive in God to us as Jews – as elucidated by Clergyman Aryeh Kaplan, of adored memory, from his book Shabbat – Day of Eternity:
“… How do we, as Jews, ascertain God? We acquisition the acknowledgment in the actual aboriginal ballad of the Torah. Is says, ‘In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.’ Here we accept a analogue of God. God is the Architect of all things. He is the One who brought all things into existence….
“Some bodies anticipate that God created the apple and afresh forgot about it… that His actuality has no address on their lives. Back God alien Himself in the Ten Commandments, He said, ‘I am the Lord your God, Who took you out of the acreage of Egypt, from the abode of bondage’ (Exodus 20:2). God was cogent us that He is circuitous in the diplomacy of man and has a abstruse absorption in what we do….
“For the Jew, acceptance in God is added than a bald canon or catechism. It is the base of all acceptation in life, for if the apple does not accept a creator, afresh what accessible acceptation can there be in existence! Man becomes annihilation added than a circuitous physiochemical process, no added important than an ant or a atom of sand. Morality becomes a amount of convenience, or ‘might makes right.’ It is the acceptance in God that gives activity purpose and meaning. It is additionally what gives us a accepted of appropriate and wrong. If we apperceive that God created the world, and did so for a purpose, afresh we additionally apprehend that aggregate that furthers this purpose is ‘good,’ and aggregate that runs adverse to this purpose is ‘evil.’ “
If you are absorbed in acquirements added about the Almighty – you would apparently adore Clergyman Aryeh Kaplan’s If You Were God and The Infinite Light. If you admiration if there absolutely is a God, afresh you would acquisition Permission to Believe, which presents classical categories of affirmation for the actuality of God by Lawrence Kelleman, a alluring apprehend ( these books are accessible at your bounded Jewish bookstore, at http://www.judaicaenterprises.com or by calling toll-free to 877-758-3242).
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Torah Allocation of the Week
This Shabbat is Shemini Atzeret, the absolute Yom Tov of the Sukkot holiday. We apprehend Deuteronomy 14:22 -16:17 which includes the capacity of: tithing crops, absolution of loans during the Shemitah year, to be warm-hearted and accessible handed to the destitute, Jewish bondsman, Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, activity to Jerusalem for Shelosh Regalim, the three crusade festivals – Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot – with alms to bless the festivals.
Sunday, October 15th, is Simchat Torah. We apprehend V’Zot HaBracha to complete the Book of Deuteronomy and appropriately the accomplished Torah. This Torah allocation begins with the absolution of Moshe, appropriate afore he dies, for the Jewish bodies and anniversary tribe. Afresh Moshe ascends Mt. Nebo, area the Almighty shows him all of the acreage the Jewish bodies are about to inherit. He dies, is active in the basin in an alien spot, and the Jewish bodies ache for 30 days. The Torah afresh concludes with the words, “Never afresh has there arisen in Israel a astrologer like Moses, whom the Almighty had accepted face to face …” and afresh we alpha afresh the annual aeon of account the Torah with the account of Bereishis, Genesis!
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The Torah states apropos allowance the poor:
“You shall absolutely accessible your duke unto him and shall absolutely accommodate him acceptable for his charge which he lacks.” (Deut 15:8)
What are the capacity of this mitzvah, commandment?
We are told that we charge accord alms to a poor person. What if the being doesn’t appetite to booty it? Rashi, the abundant commentator, tells us to afresh accord the being the money as a present or a loan.
It is a absolute bidding to accord alms to the beggared with beatitude and a acceptable heart. The account of giving tzedakah (charity) does not alone administer to giving aid to the poor. To aid a affluent being back he needs abetment is additionally a accomplishment of the account of tzedakah. Furthermore, whenever you accord amusement to others, whether it be through money, food, or abating words, you accomplish this mitzvah. The Rambam (Moshe Maimonedes) writes that he never saw or heard of a burghal in which there lived ten Jews that did not accept a alms armamentarium (Hilchos Matnos Aniyim 9:3).
The chat the Sages acclimated for alms is tzedakah, which actually agency “righteousness” or “justice.” This appellation illuminates the Torah’s abstraction of charity. It is not alone a accommodating act to accord to the poor; it is the obligation of every distinct being to do the appropriate thing, the aloof thing.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
The greatest beatitude you can accept isknowing that you do not necessarilyrequire happiness.– William Saroyan
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