When one individual unbeknownst to the community dies alone the greatest of leadership mourns them. What a great statement we read from the one true book the Torah/Bible. One individual can change the world and one’s death can make it stay the same as well. G-D brings life into every one of us individually and the loss of one life is therefore not to be taken lightly. Just something to think about during this crime spree and Corona-virus Pandemic.
There might never have been a time when we all need a bit more “basic faith”. While others have their path set in tradition other more basic routes to G-D must be opened up as well. Basic ideals of appreciation and respect of every human life because they are made in the image of G-D should be the pillars of such a movement. Basic faith would keep prayers simple and maybe even someways more direct because they come from the heart and soul rather then a more deeply worded prayer book. Basic faith should never attempt to ridicule or replace those who keep more traditional elements but just be another branch for those who are not even climbing. Basic faith is needed because no matter where someone is in their journey it’s important that they have some foundation to stand and kneel on.
Before you and I press this button let’s hit the “thank you” one 1st. For once we realize what we have and what we’ve been given the finger for complaint will be a whole lot sore. Don’t worry you’re not the 1st or the last to want to press the C button for my tribe continued to do it even after all the miracles G-D bestowed on them after leaving Egypt and this tradition remains today. A matter of fact I fear before November 3rd many will voice their complaints so loud that we could be in a much worse place in the following year. That is the history of complaints Vs thank you the more one uses the C word the more one usually regrets it later. We might want to change things a bit but complaining constantly makes us forget the greatness we came from … and then we’ll have something to truly complain about.
A friend of mine took a turn for the worse with the Covid and due to his underlying pre-conditions I believed only a miracle could bring him back. I told G-D that if my friend came back I would buy a set of Tefillin (a Jewish Ritual prayer item) and when his conditions worsened I doubled that order. Suddenly out of know where his conditions did improve. I started looking around for that Tefillin but after awhile my interest dampened for this expensive item until a deer on the road decided to land on my car. I knew then and now that you don’t mess with the one upstairs. So 2 Teffillin are on the way and thank G-D my friend is almost back to normal.
I march in-between one side and the other as I hope to pick up the straddlers left behind. For I try to focus on the pivotal points most will agree on without leaning all the way to one or the other side. Many points of contention can be argued till hell freezes over without any one side seeing or feeling the other and leaving most walking away back into their camps. If it’s this or nothing at all I find the spot where it’s still something that honestly is important as well. That is why I proudly march in-between as my path to faith hopefully leads others to take this walk as well.
Another truth that prevails in today’s times as when it was written is it never feels right unless it’s earned. Yes, for the moment that Rolex fits on your stolen hand but over time it rusts within. While one who legitimately works hard to earn the right to a possession has it shine over it’s life time. Whether it be those of my tribe who were full of rage because the manna wasn’t enough or those who feel they are owed and break in to get it, this fundamental evil continues. If instead if we work hard over time G-D will see that this work is rewarded with the possessions we desire as well as the health and peace to enjoy them.
FOOTNOTE- I am not equivocating stealing with rage of heart except in the mindset that occurs in both examples.
Sacrifice might appear barbaric in today’s times but that might be because one doesn’t feel the message. When a person is willing to give up to G-D their most personal possession because of their devotion then one is truly in touch with their true calling. The sacrifices of today don’t require us to slay a lamb but cut into our expanding ego instead. By not eating our dish clean, thanking G-D 1st when receiving accolades, or taking a moment to say thank you to the one driving the train even as everyone else believes you have the keys you are making that sacrifice now. Furthermore when one sacrifices “their valuable time” to help another that is a sacrifice which burns brightly. We can make those sacrifices today and in so doing keep the meaning alive to the truth of who is really in charge with love.
I’m planning to go to work tomorrow although some in my faith might believe I should stay home. For tomorrow is the 1st day of Pesach/Passover where those who observe the faith traditional will normally take the day off. Yet, the work I do has been determined by the state to be essential because I provide products that can save life’s in the Corona Times we are living in. Whether it be the masks that keep the virus away or the spray that kills it on contact my work might actually help save a life or at least prevent a tragedy. Further-more be me going to work a loved one who is more susceptible to the virus can rest assured at their home. Life supersedes most other rules in our faith therefore tomorrow I plan to be pursue my normal day unless G-D decides otherwise.
Today no animal is required. Yet in those days people took their most precious commodity and would sacrifice directly to G-D to obtain forgiveness, become closer or just to say thank you. Sacrifice today usually comes in the form of charity but when things are going real well is it such? Don’t get me wrong any charity giving is a wonderful blessing for those that receive but also for those that give yet when times are a bit tough then the sacrifice cuts through. That is why when my 401 looks more like a 1 that I’ve decided to make a bigger role in helping those in need. It hurts more in way but I believe it helps more as well. Sacrifice’s are difficult but the rewards they give could light up this world and the one beyond.