Monday, June 20, 2005

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Focusing The Deeds

Shalom from the land of milk and honey!

After a long break I'm back online, now from my home in the Shomron (West Bank) in Israel.

As I passed through Shavous, and (G-d willing) into a new era of the Geulah (period of the redemption, may it be His will to bring it fast), I was thinking, and Akiva's post focused it a bit, where should we focus our deeds?

Should a person jump out of the plane and them worry about a parachute, wondering what will be after he exits the door?

I just finished building a house in Itarmar, a lovely Jewish village of organic farmers in the hills around Shechem (Nablus, West Bank). A tremendous mitzva, building up Eretz HaKodesh (the holy land), and of course a way of making a living. But also a job that requires a very serious investment of time.

Several other similar jobs await me, and I wonder whether I should focus on making a living or focus on learning and sharing Torah. It's a fortunate but difficult type of confusion, not confusion from the news and media of the world (which I avoid, refusing to be fed a virtual reality that is manipulated lies), but rather the confusion of the crossroads, directing one's path.

I realize that all of us are here for a specfic purpose, just as the specialized tools of construction have various jobs, so do we. The world is the midbar (desert wilderness) and as our forefathers wanted to stay there and focus on g-dliness, I do too. But the Torah was given so that we may operate in this world. Our task is to elevate this world to the level of g-dliness, with us making a place for the Shechina (an aspect of G-d) to reveal itself in this lowly physical world.

I've got more to say, but work awaits. Shalom from the Shomron, Eretz Yisroel, Eretz HaKodesh (West Bank, the land of Israel, the holy land).

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