WELCOMING SHABBAT

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 

The Difference between Knowledge and Wisdom

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by Goldwicht, Eitiel

“…Eisav was a man who understood deep concepts. He grew up in the house of Yitzchak and Rivka, and as a child on the lap of his grandfather, Avraham. Eisav was learned…

 

How could it be that he gave up all of the blessings for a moment of pleasure…?

 

There is a big difference between knowledge and wisdom. While we might know something to be true and even understand the ramifications of specific actions, that does not necessarily mean that that which we know is reflected in our lifestyle choices…

 

Jewish wisdom is about integrating knowledge and understanding into our daily lives. The Jewish lifestyle is built on the premise of inculcating positive deeds and proper habits in a consistent manner that instill deep values of kindness and morality…

 

In a sense, the nature of both Yaakov and Eisav live within us. Yaakov understands the ramifications of his actions, believes in a higher authority, and therefore incorporates his knowledge into his daily lifestyle. He thinks about what he does before he does it. Eisav is intelligent and he too understands life, but when tempted by desire, it distracts him, and he is overcome by immediate desires to the point that he forgets what’s really important in life.

 

It’s up to us to choose how we want to live our lives: like Eisav, or like Yaakov.”

 

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