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GOD AS “SPIRITUAL SURGEON”

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Imagine Joe was to look through a keyhole and see a masked man with a tool cutting into another person. Joe thinks to himself that a madman is having some fun with his victim, and he sees this madman as […]

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WHY HAVE KIDS

posted by eyaakov

As parents, we’ll take our kids to get their shots even if they yell, ‘I hate you, I hate you’ because as much as that might hurt, you do it because you’re looking out for the kid’s best interests – […]

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Two Types of Pain Inflictors

posted by eyaakov

Joe was eight years old. And, as most eight-year-old boys, he liked to play ball. One day, as Joe is playing in his front yard, the ball skips into the street. Little Joe runs after the ball, and suddenly a […]

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THE “SUFFERING” QUESTION

posted by eyaakov

You often find people who shoot their mouths off with routine questions about suffering. Off the cuff, they ask, “How can there be a God with all the suffering in the world?” and “Why do bad things happen to good […]

THE UTOPIAN SOCIETY

posted by eyaakov

In the previous article, we outlined that if we want to have a close relationship with the Infinite, we are going to want to transform ourselves into givers in order to align ourselves with the Ultimate Giver, God. And, if […]

“RECEIVING FOR THE PURPOSE OF GIVING”

posted by eyaakov

In last week’s article, we outlined that if we want to have a close relationship with the Infinite, we are going to want to transform ourselves into givers in order to align ourselves with the Ultimate Giver, God. However, we […]

THE “NATURES” OF HUMANITY

posted by eyaakov

We have previously described a system in which God “wants” to give of His goodness and, therefore, creates us to be the receivers of that goodness. So, it seems like we’re done. God wants to give. Man wants to receive. […]

BECOMING A FAN OF GOD

posted by eyaakov

In the last few posts, we’ve discussed the manner in which the objectively meaningless collection, sports team, and rock concert experience usurps the soul’s thirst for something objectively meaningful, thereby pulling it away from actually attaining its true goal of […]

THE “SPIRITUALITY” OF SPORTS

posted by eyaakov

In previous articles we discussed the manner in which many of us get distracted from our goal of achieving the ultimate in life and wind up putting our focus and energies into building that which is temporary and trivial. Such a […]

IS A DIAMOND REALLY FOREVER?

posted by eyaakov

Last week we discussed the manner in which many of us get distracted from our goal of achieving the ultimate in life and wind up putting our focus and energies into building that which is temporary and trivial. In fact, […]

WHAT IS OBJECTIVELY MEANINGFUL?

posted by eyaakov

In previous articles, we outlined that, according to Judaism and Kabbalah, God set up the world as a system by which humanity has the choice to pull away from Him, thereby allowing for the “higher” Spouse-like relationship with Him to […]

YOM KIPPUR: WE ARE OUR CHOICES

posted by eyaakov

Tuesday night through Wednesday night is the holiest day in Judaism – Yom Kippur. Since we’ve been speaking the last few weeks about the concept of Free Will, we will continue on that theme. One foundational principle is that,  for all the […]

The Relativity of Free Will

posted by eyaakov

In the past few articles we have spoken about some of the questions surrounding Free Will. Getting a bit deeper into the concept, we see that everyone has Free Will according to his or her own particular potential. This means […]

FREE WILL versus PREDETERMINATION II

posted by eyaakov

Taking the topic of “Free Will versus Predetermination” a step further, there are those who question: If God is beyond limitation, and therefore knows everything, how can Judaism claim that we have Free Will? Or, in other words, how can […]

FREE WILL vs PREDETERMINATION

posted by eyaakov

Often you hear people claim that there’s no such thing as Free Will. They maintain that all is determined by genetics, conditioning, or chemicals in your brain. However, imagine a professor who preaches this theory of human conditioning. For a […]

THE REALITY OF FREE WILL

posted by eyaakov

In the previous post, we elucidated that what we mean by “Good” is that which brings me closer to the Infinite, and what we mean by “Evil” is that which pulls me away from the Infinite. Now that we have […]

DEFINING “GOOD” & “EVIL”

posted by eyaakov

As discussed in the previous posts, everything in the finite points to the all-encompassing and all-inclusive Infinite Being that we refer to as God. And, being Infinite, there is nothing that God “gains” or “loses” by anything we do. Meaning, […]

What Is God “About”?

posted by eyaakov

In order to apply last week’s principle that similarity breeds relationship to our relationship with God, we are going to want to figure out what God is “about” in terms of how God expresses Himself to us. Figuring that out […]

OPPOSITES ATTRACT… OR DO THEY?

posted by eyaakov

Picking up where we left off last week, a third principle of relationships is that the more similar the two participants in the relationship, the better the relationship is going to be. Some people like to claim that “opposites attract.” […]

Being the “Lower” in the Relationship

posted by eyaakov

Another principle of interpersonal relationships that can shed light on the manner in which our relationship with God functions is that the level of a relationship is determined by the “lower” of the two participants. For example, Joe turns to […]

The Necessity for Free Will

posted by eyaakov

In the previous article, we discussed the principle that the quality of a relationship depends on one’s ability to choose it, and choosing means you have to have the real capacity to destroy it. Only when your choice in the […]

The Spouse Relationship with God

posted by eyaakov

In the previous article, we left off with the question: If I want to build and facilitate a relationship with the Infinite, how do I do that? How does one create a relationship with a Being that is Infinite? Here […]

What Do People Want?

posted by eyaakov

What Do People Want? What do people want? What drives people to make the decisions they make? What is at the core of the choices that people make in their lives? What are people basing their decisions on? In order […]

GOD — in under 4 minutes!!

posted by eyaakov

I think the discussion on Judaism, Jewish philosophy, Jewish spirituality, and Kabbalah, begins when we take a walk outside. Imagine you are walking down the block with Average Joe, and the two of you see a table standing there in […]

KABBALAH COUNSELING

posted by eyaakov

Recently, I was asked about the “symbolism” of one of the well-known “rituals” in Judaism. To which I politely responded that there is neither “ritual” nor “symbolism” in anything Jewish. Of course I knew what the questioner intended by her […]

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GOD AS "SPIRITUAL SURGEON"
Imagine Joe was to look through a keyhole and see a masked man with a tool cutting into another person. Joe thinks to himself that a madman is having some fun with his victim, and he sees this madman as a villain. Then Joe takes a step back and notices the long white halls with the desk sitting a

posted 9:35:46am Jan. 09, 2013 | read full post »

WHY HAVE KIDS
As parents, we’ll take our kids to get their shots even if they yell, ‘I hate you, I hate you’ because as much as that might hurt, you do it because you’re looking out for the kid’s best interests – it’s a giving act. If I was to ask a group of parents, ‘What’s the source of the

posted 9:01:52pm Dec. 10, 2012 | read full post »

Two Types of Pain Inflictors
Joe was eight years old. And, as most eight-year-old boys, he liked to play ball. One day, as Joe is playing in his front yard, the ball skips into the street. Little Joe runs after the ball, and suddenly a car comes to a screeching halt a few feet in front of him. The driver of the car sticks his h

posted 7:23:07am Dec. 05, 2012 | read full post »

THE “SUFFERING” QUESTION
You often find people who shoot their mouths off with routine questions about suffering. Off the cuff, they ask, “How can there be a God with all the suffering in the world?” and “Why do bad things happen to good people?” However, it is only upon establishing certain key principles that we c

posted 11:03:03am Nov. 23, 2012 | read full post »

THE UTOPIAN SOCIETY
In the previous article, we outlined that if we want to have a close relationship with the Infinite, we are going to want to transform ourselves into givers in order to align ourselves with the Ultimate Giver, God. And, if I’m created with a nature to receive, and therefore I must receive and I sh

posted 7:29:44pm Nov. 12, 2012 | read full post »

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