There is something about water that unites all of faith. Whether it be Christianity, Judaism or Islam water truly cleanses the soul. Rituals from the first days to the last involve some form of H20 with these faiths and more. G-D’s simple formula means so much to so many people. We could say it is because this liquid is plentiful and needed for one’s survival but in today’s times as everything else appears to change I’m sure another liquid could have been substituted. Yet maybe the truth lies in water simple purity in a world where dirt is only a step away. Water leaves us feeling that we can start a new and continue to go grow strong even as we wave the dirt of the past away.
We no longer have the temple (may it come in our days) to sacrifice to G-D for our misdeeds but we can make other sacrifices that I believe cleanse our bodies, minds and souls. Whether it be refraining from eating your favorite cookies because of harsh words you committed to a loved one or sacrificing one’s time to a charity because we’ve been less then charitable these are the sacrifices we can offer today. By making such a sacrifice we reteach ourselves who is really in charge as we become closer to G-D and let’s face it make the lambs a lot happier as well.
Last night I saw man’s best friend and another’s best friend fallen within a 5 minute drive. For there was a dog lying in the middle of a NYC street with many people trying to help and a person who was lying on a sidewalk in a similar situation. Great Samaritan’s were there to help out those in the need. I also watched a sneak premiere of a movie describing a person who had fallen so deep that found a way to climb back to redemption. Maybe it was all a sign that we should not judge a person’s mistake as long as they are truly trying to climb up. For G-D lifted those up after the making of the golden calf then surely we should be there to lift each other up as well no matter how close we are to the edge.
This one doesn’t add up no matter how many formula’s I try. For if this is true almost everyone I love or whom I like will be in deep trouble. It’s a passage that I feel if taken directly hurts more then it can help and it comes from the greatest source. I will continue to seek guidance from those wiser then me and read it more thoroughly before I accept this hypothesis which is truly quite troubling. G-D WILLING TO BE CONTINUED….
PASSAGE- Exodus 31-12 G-D said to Moses saying” You shall speak to the Children of Israel saying However you must observe My Sabbaths for it is a sign between me and you for your generations, to that I am G-D, who makes you holy. You shall observe the Sabbath, for it is holy to you: its desecrators shall be put to death, for whomever does work on it that soul shall be cut off from among it’s people.
PROBLEM- Most people I know and love would be put to death and I’m not sure whether the rocks would be thrown at me as well.
9:44 Am – Answer- This passage occurred when it was directly spoken from G-D to Moses and there isn’t much wiggle room at such a time. The majority actually heard G-D’s voice as a group( according to the book) when the 10 commandments were given. Today we live in a totally different time and as such wiggle room is in most households. Therefore those that observe Shabbos in their own might be just observing right for today.
It is the day of the equalizer Shabbat. Where one’s wealth and fame or lack thereof doesn’t get you a better seat. For this is a day where you will be with all the people no matter what their social status to pray to the one who holds the title, G-D. It is day where everyone eats from the same Kiddush and drinks the same wine. Where shopping and work achievements or failures are set aside to focus on a bigger picture then just yourself. Shabbos a time when equality is felt in the heart, mind and most importantly the soul.
So much time is spent on describing an altar in the bible which we of the Jewish faith don’t use today that one wonders why it’s so significant? The idea in those days to take your most precious item and put it up for sacrifice to G-D is also very alien. For in today’s me movement it is all about what we deserve and what we can get instead of give. Maybe the altar in one sense should be restored where we learn to give up what is precious to us for a higher purpose. Whether it be time praying for others that are less fortunate or sacrificing our own precious possessions for a cause bigger then ourselves. The altar might appear ancient but it’s ideas should become relevant to us today.
In this weeks Parsha we read about many of G-D’s laws and degrees which are easily read and seen but how about those which are hidden. Laws which great rabbi’s of the past dictate to traditional people of the faith today and one’s which are still being ruled on today. Even though G-D might be in the background are the rules as clear as they were in the past? For example should a person who observes the traditional faith hide who he is because of rational or irrational fear? One wonders if faith requires someone to take that risk or live to speak about it another day
It’s just to much for me to absorb at once! Just shade it a bit and then I’ll be able to take it in. That is what the people who stood at Mt Sinai hearing G-D’s words must have felt. They probably initially were excited about listening but were in shock when they finally heard it straight on. I wonder today if we as well sometimes deny the truth even though it is brightly in our eyes. For the darkness only needs a bit of light to get through and we only have to see what is reflected. Is it really too bright or are we just afraid of what we will see and hear?
Many wonder when the next great revelation will occur if all all? They ponder if G-D spoke to the world when the Ten Commandments were given why is the G-D silent ever since? I believe this is occurring because we lack a true unity of spirit and faith between each other and our nations. Many times an individual will submit themselves to such a unity with their creator and suddenly their senses are alive with the spirit. Imagine if that was transferred from an individual to a nation or many nations. Where we all came together in the moment of true love for each other and of our creator. Then the senses of the world would be opened to receive the true word(s) of G-D and we would actually be listening.
Let’s face it in a world where matchbox are barely seen we people of faith keep this industry lit. Yes, of course those that go camping might occasionally use a match or two and some still use these to light their fireplaces but nothing compared to those who make it a weekly occurrence . Those of the Jewish faith make it a traditional Friday’s while faithful Christians keep their flame going on alternate days. While many in the green movement see it as adding to our carbon footprint we of faith believe it adds a unique beauty to our sacred days and I’m sure those in the matchbox industry pray that this is a tradition that keeps going for many generations to come.