August 14, 2009
to Beyond Twelve Gates. Someone once said that "The purpose of
life is a life of purpose." I believe that a purpose in life is
something we discover, not create. A purpose is like the Tin Man's
heart in the Wizard of Oz -- he already had a heart, but needed help in
finding the one he always had.
do we discover our purpose? Here are two suggestions;
Make a list of all your positive qualities. Arrange them in sentences
beginning with ' I am..." When you hear a 'click', that just might
be your purpose.
Discuss your quest for purpose with your life-mentors and friends.
Don't have a mentor or friend? Time to start shopping for one, as
Ethics of Our Fathers (1:6) teaches, " ...
accept upon yourself a mentor, and acquire a friend."
Parshas Re'eh -- Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17
informs the Jewish people that each of us face a choice;
choose to observe G-d's directions for
living (i.e. the Torah) and receive blessings, or choose to ignore G-d and
experience estrangement and its consequences. Moses then turns to
describing a number of religious, civil and social laws relevant once the
Jewish people enter the Promised Land. Included in this listing are:
imitate the abominable ways of the nations surrounding you
A false prophet who attempts to entice you to idolatry should be put to death
Self infliction of wounds on the body as a sign of mourning is prohibited
As a holy people, refrain from eating 'non-kosher' food
Be particularly warm-hearted and charitable to our fellow Jews
The three pilgrimage festivals (Passover, Shavous
and Sukkos) are opportunities to ascend (make aliyah) to Jerusalem and
the Temple to
celebrate our blessings