Thursday, June 03, 2010

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It’s Your Choice


by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

Dancing at 3:00 AM at the Kotel

We live the life that we choose. The Zohar tells us, “Just like G-d put man (Adam) in the Garden then, so does G-d put man in the Garden today, when he busies himself with Torah and Mitzvahs.

     The story of Adam in the Garden is really our story. It tells us the secret of how to live a most pleasurable life in G-d’s wonderful Garden. When we see everything that comes to us as simply G-d’s doings, we find ourselves in the Garden. When we persist in judging all that we see as either good or bad, we are immediately expelled from the Garden and find ourselves in a land where we have to work by the sweat of our brow. This is not a metaphor. It is a literal description of our lives.

    We can wake up early in the morning singing and dancing, or we can wake up bemoaning the fact that we have to get out of bed. It’s our choice.

1 comment:

  1. If HaShem doesn't want us to want more, then why'd He give us an Evil Inclination and ratzon? If we're just suppose to be content and happy with where and what we are, then why bother praying for the Final Redemption? Why bother praying for anything at all? The choice is not always ours.

    Yes, we can either "like it" or "lump it," but that doesn't mean that we have the power to alter our circumstances. Yes, I suppose that I could go around wearing a pair of rose colored glasses, but if I can't look at things honestly, then why bother looking at all?

    Frequently, things are beyond our control and one is exactly where HaShem decides they ought to be. Lama? Why? Personally, I don't know and HaKodesh Baruchu is not typically forthcoming with any answers. His ways are above our ways, no? Oh well....


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