As we prepare for Shabbat at Livnot, most Chevre are cooking up a fantastic Friday night dinner. But a few cook up some Words of Wisdom to feed our souls. Here, Galilee Fellowship Chevre David tells us about Judaism and happiness.
When we think about archetypes and models in Judaism we like to liken ourselves to people like Moses who can seemingly handle everything, or Miriam who always wears a smile with her tambourine, or on Passover we hope we are like the wise child who knows what to say.
But sometimes cannot we be our own Pharaoh? What about those times where we hope to be like the Wise Child, but perhaps our anger got the best of us, or we wish we had known what to say, or wish we had said something different? We can so often be hard on ourselves and each other. Yet, Judaism also gives us this sense that it is okay to be human and be
fallible, because they offer opportunities for us to improve ourselves.
Rebbe Nachman was a master of meaningful quotes and there are two that come to mind that I feel help us to reconcile our imperfections when it comes to our interpersonal relationships.
“Always look for the good in the other. Focus on that good, highlight it and turn even sinner into saint.”
“Always look for the good in yourself. Focus on that good, highlight it and turn even depression into joy.”
When we search for the good in ourselves and the other, we search for Ahavah, which is love, or the oneness in all things, that bind us together.
David Sperling, Utica, New York
Galilee Fellowship June 2014