Thursday, May 03, 2018



by Reb Gutman Locks   


Ariel asked:

    Are Jews allowed to use the law of attraction?

Gutman's response:

     Most briefly, the "law of attraction" is a teaching that whatever you think about will come about. It has been around a long time, and as usual, the various religions add their bits to it and make it a religious practice.

      Can a Jew use it? Well surely not the Buddhist or Hindu or any other spiritual inputs. But the most basic belief is found in Jewish teachings in an old Yiddish saying; "Think good and it will be good."    

     This does not mean if you think about vanilla ice cream that you are going to walk around the corner and someone is going to hand you a vanilla ice cream cone. But it is an extremely important concept each of us should understand and use every day of our lives.

     The mood that we have at any given time has been caused by the thoughts we have been thinking. Every one of us has both good things and bad things going on in and around our lives at all times. If we focus on the bad things we are going to have a depressed state of mind. If we focus on the good things we will enjoy a positive state of mind. It is that simple. We have to train ourselves to look at the good going on so we will live joyful lives. This will not only give us positive mindsets, it will also give us longer and healthy lives.

     This does not mean that we are to ignore all negative things. Anything wrong in or around us THAT WE CAN FIX we must pay attention to as soon as possible. But thinking about the negative things that we cannot change merely pulls us down.

     "Think good and it will be good."


  1. Just as G*D sees all our deeds and
    hears all our words, He also sees
    and hears our thoughts, even those
    thoughts that we never speak about.

    In the 1980s, an elderly Torah scholar,
    Dr. Alexander Tobias, repeatedly told me
    his belief that "thoughts travel".

    Dr. Alexander Tobias (Yehoshua Zelig) was
    an Orthodox Jew who taught limudei kodesh
    to Jewish students in Gibraltar for many years
    and later worked as a librarian at the
    Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

    He claimed to have helped Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
    with The Living Torah and other writings.

    A scholarly essay he wrote appears at the end of The
    Metsudah Tehillim
    . He died in the 1980s CE in Brooklyn.

    Was Daniel an Orthodox Jew?

    Was Isaiah an Orthodox Jew?

    Was Ezekiel an Orthodox Jew?

    Was Jeremiah an Orthodox Jew?

    Was Ezra an Orthodox Jew?

    Was Nehemiah an Orthodox Jew?

    Refuting the Fans of Vashti:

    Asher Wade: Methodist minister
    who converted to Orthodox Judaism

  2. The trick is to learn to control one's thoughts in the right direction. Those who have had hard lives usually find that difficult, so they might see the glass half full and others are just born with negative outlooks. But if one learns to think of everything in a positive way and tries to eventually see only the good and think good as much as possible, it will turn out good. It is something that needs to be learned, if one is not born with that positive attitude.
    Truth is life is complex and everything is easier said than done.


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