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SHABBAT IS MORE THAN A DAY OF REFRAINING FROM WORDLY ACTIVITY 
WHEN EXPERIENCED IN ITS SPIRITUAL FULLEST, ITS HOLINESS ENGLIGHTENS ALL OTHER DAYS OF THE WEEK
WE INVITE YOU TO ENHANCE YOUR SHABBAT WITH THESE WORDS OF TORAH 

When G-d Becomes an Excuse for Fear

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by Jacobson, Rabbi Simon

“A natural human tendency is to worship that which we have become comfortable with… our habits, patterns, attitudes, routines and inclinations simply because we have accustomed ourselves to them and they are part of our lives… People love that which does not surprise them; we want to enjoy a god that suits our philosophical and emotional paradigms and comfort zones…

 

Comes the Torah and declares: Do not turn your pre-established mold into your G-d. Do not turn your habits, natural patterns of thought, fears, inclinations or addictions into a deity. Allow yourself to search for the truth. Real truth—naked, raw, and authentic, even if painful. Life is about challenge, not conformity…

 

Never say, ‘This is the way I am; this is the way I do things, I cannot change.’ Never think, ‘This is the world view I am comfortable with; any other way must be wrong.’

 

…Let your life not become enslaved to a particular pattern just because it has been that way for many years or decades. G-d, the real G-d, is not defined by any conventions; let your soul, too, not be confined by any external conventions.

 

Experience the freedom of your Creator.”

 

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