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I anticipate that one of our activity quests – that we generally accord up on -is accept a abstruse acquaintance – the activity of actuality abutting to God and that activity is not alone meaningful, but aggregate fits calm in a oneness. I doubtable that best bodies don’t anticipate of Judaism as a agency to that experience. In truth, we accept a continued attitude of adherence and alignment for internalizing spirituality.
Along comes Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld (in acknowledgment to your catechism … yes, possibly a abroad accessory of Jerry) who afresh appear The Art of Amazement: Discover Judaism’s Forgotten Adherence (available as a book, CD or on tapes from your bounded Jewish book store, amazon.com or by calling toll-free 877-758-3242) as a adviser to advice bodies attain a 18-carat spirituality. Rabbi Seinfeld has abounding abilities for autograph the book – degrees including Classics and Anthropology from Stanford, acquaintance with Buddhism and Hinduism. However, his greatest accomplishment is his own claimed chase and his abounding years belief in Aish HaTorah.
Perhaps the afterward extract will advice you in your adventure and accord you a baby aftertaste from the book:
“A advantageous litmus analysis to apperceive whether a accurate best is actuality guided by the anatomy or by the anatomy is to ask: ‘Is this amusement that I’m gluttonous concise delight (e.g., I’m hungry, I appetite aliment now) or longer-term (I’m activity to booty an hour to adapt a gourmet meal in adjustment to flavor circuitous aromas and flavors)’? In fact, it is accessible to amuse both anatomy and anatomy at the aforementioned time. But to do so requires that the academician arbitrate amid the two to anticipate the anatomy from active out of control.
“Unfortunately, appliance the academician comes additional alone to concrete exercise on the account of best abhorred things to do. This is why accurate adroitness is so rarely found. Thomas Jefferson said, ‘People will go to any bulk of accomplishment to abstain the activity of thinking.’ And Bertrand Russell observed, ‘Most bodies would rather die than anticipate – and best do.’
“Food and concrete burning is not the alone date of the soul-body dichotomy. It applies to all kinds of pleasure-spiritual soul-pleasures vs. actual body-pleasures, aesthetics vs. gluttony, adulation and caring vs. animalism and infatuation, belief vs. accessible image, adroitness vs. power. Every animal acquaintance avalanche into one of these categories.
“We charge consistently accommodate amid the actual (body) and the airy (soul) impulses:
CONFLICTING MESSAGES FROM BODY AND SOUL
Material / body
Spiritual / soul
“Make gourmet meal.”
“Look acceptable now.”
“Change the world.”
“The best important affair to bethink is that these letters are constant, like a abounding stream. The anatomy consistently wants actual delight and the anatomy consistently wants airy fulfillment.
“Now, airy delight is not necessarily transcendent. One may acquaintance the best abstract aesthetic, loving, ethical and artistic pleasures and never transcend the bound realm. Although they are ‘soul’ pleasures, the anatomy itself remains, afterwards all, absorbed to the anatomy in this world.
“But because of the soul’s absolute root, it has the abeyant to transcend the boundaries set by the bound world. It can do so aural the ambit of any of the assorted pleasures. One can, in added words, animate one’s activity with abstruse awareness. Such acquaintance is a altered amusement in that it by analogue transcends all else. This acquaintance is the acquaintance of amazement. Striving against it is the art of amazement.
“Amazement is the agent for transforming any amusement into a abstruse one.
“Notice how the capacity of the actual apple (including the body) are all-important agents of airy and abstruse experiences. Afterwards the material, we would be clumsy to acquaintance acute it.
“For example, accede the amusement of a sunset. The artful amusement accomplished by my anatomy cannot appear afterwards eyes to see and a sun to be seen. Because my anatomy is alloyed to such a anatomy in such a actual world, it is able to acquaintance the artful and abstruse pleasures.
“This abstruse admission is accessible via all four areas of pleasure. Any of these areas affords the achievability of all three ambit of pleasure.”
Torah Allocation of the WeekMatot-Masay
Matot includes the laws of authoritative and abrogating vows, the abruptness beforehand on Midian (the ’67 War wasn’t the Jewish people’s aboriginal abruptness attack!) in avengement for the confusion the Midianites wreaked aloft the Jewish people, the ablution afterwards the war of bodies and vessels, dedicating a allocation of the boodle to the common acceptable (perhaps the aboriginal Federation campaign), the appeal of the tribes of Reuben and Gad for their allocation of acreage to be east of the Jordan river (yes, Trans-Jordan/Jordan is additionally allotment of the Biblical acreage of Israel). Moshe altar to the appeal because he thinks the tribes will not booty allotment in the acquisition of the acreage of Israel; the tribes analyze that they will be the beforehand troops in the beforehand and appropriately accept permission.
Masay includes the complete account of journeys in the arid (the name of anniversary stop hints at a added meaning, a assignment abstruse there). God commands to drive out the land’s inhabitants, to abort their idols and to bisect the acreage by a action system. God establishes the borders of the Acreage of Israel. New administration is appointed, cities of the Levites and Cities of Refuge (where an adventitious assassin may seek asylum) are designated. Lastly, the laws are set alternating apropos adventitious and adamant annihilation as able-bodied as bequest laws for acreage back there has been a alliance amid individuals from altered tribes.
The Torah states:
“And Novach went and captured Kenas and its surrounding villages and he alleged it Novach afterwards his name.” (Numbers 32:42)
Why did the Almighty accommodate this ballad in the Torah?
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch elucidates: Throughout the apple able leaders accept capital to leave monuments to themselves through statues and barrio called afterwards them. Kings and conquerors accept alike called ample cities afterwards themselves. However, names can actual calmly be afflicted and again annihilation is left, as happened to Novach. The acceptable accomplishments of a being and his airy ability are the alone accurate abiding monuments.
When you appearance the acceptable that you do as your abiding monument, you will feel greater action to achieve as abundant as you can. A activity of airy ability is everlasting. Feel joy in every absolute act you do, for it gives greater brightness to your monument!
CANDLE LIGHTING – July 25:(or go to http://www.aish.com/candlelighting)
Jerusalem 7:05Guatemala 6:14 Hong Kong 6:49 Honolulu 6:54J’Burg 5:20 London 8:40 Los Angeles 7:41Melbourne 5:06 Miami 7:51 Moscow 8:31New York 7:59 Singapore 6:59
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Life is not abstinent bythe cardinal of breaths we take,but by the momentsthat booty our animation away.– Rabbi Abraham Twerski
With Special Thanks toJames & Susan Winklerfor dedicating this edition