Posted In: Weekly Consciousness, Acharei Mot, Consciousness Posted On: April 27,2012
There is a kabbalist named the Ben Ish Chai who said that our purpose is not only to correct our negativity, but also to check our positive attributes and make sure we are using them for the common good. Let’s say, for example, that someone is a good salesperson; he’s good at making a profit for himself. The point for him would be perhaps to find a way to use his selling skills to explain a concept that can help others. Each and every one of us has specific strengths and talents. The question is: What are we doing with them? This week’s Bible portion is called Acharei Mot, which in English means “after death.” Quite fittingly, therefore, the energy this week is ripe for us to question and reorganize our priorities: To go beyond our values of today and to see what we would do if suddenly we were put in a position where we have only six weeks, one month, or even just 24 hours to live. What would we do with our time? Would we continue to be as involved in the nonsense of our lives? Would... Read More
Posted In: Consciousness Posted On: April 20,2012
  The Bible tells us a story about a man named Naaman, the chief military officer to a king who was stricken with leprosy. Naaman was advised to go and see a prophet named Elisha who would tell him the cure. When Naaman went to meet Elisha, he was greeted not by the prophet himself, but rather by one of Elisha's messengers who told him the simple remedy: Connect to the power of water and submerge in the Jordan River. “If you do this one action,” said the messenger, “you will be cured.” Instead of being happy to have received this prescription, Naaman was angry. He didn't feel that Elisha had treated him with the proper respect he deserved. And not only was he angry that he had been greeted by a messenger and not the prophet himself, but he was also upset that he had travelled so far for such simple advice! Essentially, the answer Naaman sought had come in a very different package than he had expected. Very often in our lives, we have the same reaction and behave in the same way. If... Read More
Posted In: Well Being, Human Dignity, Consciousness Posted On: April 11,2012
There is a story about a man who had a son-in-law, an incredible scholar of spirituality whom people revered as a high soul and a righteous human being. One weekend, this scholar was staying at his father-in-law’s house with his wife and little baby boy. In the middle of the night, the baby began to cry at the top of his lungs and the father-in-law rushed downstairs to be with the child. As the older man walked to the baby’s room, he passed his son-in-law who seemed completely oblivious to the infant’s wails. “Why didn’t you go and attend to the baby?” asked the father-in- law. “Well,” said the young man, “I am studying now and I’m in the middle of an important connection. I will go in a few minutes.” His father-in-law paused a moment. Then calmly and decisively, he said, “If your study consumes you so much that you cannot hear a baby crying then it is not worth anything.” What’s the point of this story? Well, oftentimes we find ourselves in a place where we make excuses for our... Read More

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