Chevre WOWs: The Pursuit of Happiness

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 IMG_0862models 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.IMG_4943 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

Nick Henderson
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Before making Aliyah from Scotland, Nick ran an international NGO called Youth End Poverty and worked with a number of non-profits and social change organisations, including the British Council, Oxfam and Save the Children. Nick was previously Social Media Manager / Alumni Relations Manager at Livnot. Now he lives in Jerusalem and is passionate about public health issues, and represents Israel at various international conferences on health policy.