Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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Looking Forward

by Reb Gutman Locks

We must not miss the most important aspect of today’s Jewish spiritual reality.

Looking back we see we’ve moved away from the higher spiritual levels of our ancestors.  But that is only looking back, not forward. Each generation that has come further and further away from the moment of creation goes lower and lower, and we are as far away as you can imagine.  Still, each generation, especially ours, also gets closer and closer to Redemption.

This is true right up until the actual Redemption has come. And, since we are so very, very close to that wonderful moment, we are actually higher than any generation that has come before us.

We are lower physically, which means that the physical has a greater pull on us, but the spiritual is actually easier to attain now than ever before.

What is so much more difficult is to even want to attain the spiritual. The physical is so, so evident, and the spiritual is so, so hidden. But, if you really want, and you really try, not only can you reach the lower level of fear of G-d, but you can also experience the cherished higher level of fear; the actual AWE of G-d.

All it takes is, really, really wanting it, and really, really trying. Try, you’ll see for yourself.

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