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Celebrity Priests and Rabbis…..The Kim Kardashian’s of Religion

I’ve got to gripe a little here.

If you are reading my blog for the first time….I was at one time in my life an Orthodox Jew.

I respected my faith very much and I had fear that if I didn’t follow the ritualistic protocol of Judaism, I believed that I was going to be “punished” by the One Above.

I also believed that if I am going to be punished for not being a “good” Jew, then other people that are not “good” Jews will also be punished.

I have gotten older and a little more mature and I realize now that I may have been wrong about this childish view of G-d.

As an adult, I realize that we cannot tell another person what G-d wants from them, because we are not G-d and to dare insist that we are sure that another person is going to “Hell” for their deeds…..is quite presumptuous.

But……since I have come to this realization……I have a hard time with Rabbis and Priests that claim to know what G-d wants from all of us.

And, apparently they know that G-d wants the same thing from everybody…… G-d wants all of us to fear Him.

Let me tell you why I think this is blasphemous.

Note: Since I can only discuss Judaism, because I am Jewish, I have no choice but to limit my gripes to the Rabbis that do this and what kind of negative impact they have on the Jewish community as a whole.  I cannot discuss other religions, however, that does not mean that this does not occur within other religions.  I want to clearly state that I am not under the impression that Judaism is the one and only religion guilty of what I am about to rant about.

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Israel and Iran….Are we Ready for the Showdown?

I am embarrassed to say that I do not stay up to date on what is going on in the news and in the world.  I am unable to get passed my feeling that everything we see on the news is just skewed to the perspective that the viewers of that news station want to hear and…….I don’t believe there is any reality in politics AT ALL.

But….I do catch some pieces of information here and there because my husband is Israeli and Israelis tend to know what’s going on in the world.  They kind of have to because they are located smack dab in the middle of a bunch of countries that want to destroy them and the UN seems to support the endeavor

Like I said before, I don’t believe anything that any news channel says.  My husband and I argue about this all the time, but I find it very hard to believe that any body of people that control other people – whether they are considered  “democratic”, “communist” or a “theocracy” ……and especially if they are considered a dictatorship…..have any intention of taking care of anyone but themselves.

I tend to believe that selfless and honorable political leaders like King David are rare and that is why King David is considered heroic and legendary – and most of us even believe that the Messiah is supposed to come from his line of descendants.

The character qualities necessary for a political leader tend to clash with the character qualities necessary for a spiritual leader.  To be both in one…….is extremely rare.

With that being said, since my perspective from the get go is that no leader of any country has good intentions for the country itself, it is kind of hard to even talk about the subject of politics with anyone because I just don’t believe we know what is really going on behind closed doors……and anyone that claims to know should probably do a little more research.

I am sure that they will find many resources that will contradict what they think they know.

So, because I am not an expert on politics I cannot truly have an opinion on what is going on in the political arena…..but I want to mention one thing that is kind of grabbing my attention these days.

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Trust vs. Faith

I wanted to talk about this because I feel that sometimes we get confused about the difference between these two words.

You cannot have faith in something unless you trust it first.

We can learn a lot from the story about the Manna, an edible substance that God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert according to the Bible. (Book of Exodus)

The Israelites were instructed by Moses not to save their daily portions of Manna (except for the double portion that fell before the Sabbath) because it would rot and become inedible.

Believe it or not, despite the fact that the Israelites must have witnessed incredible miracles throughout their exile from Egypt, some of them still did not listen to Moses’ instruction and tried to save the Manna for the next day.

These Israelites clearly did not trust that the Manna was going to fall and, therefore, suffered from fear – which is lack of faith.

They feared that they would not have food the next day and they possible did what most of us nowadays do…tossed and turned all night worrying about not doing the right thing, but at the same time not trusting that there will be enough tomorrow.

If we trust in somebody (or something), we can relinquish the fear of not being able to trust and we can submit to faith.

Faith allows us to move along life without carrying the burden of fear and discontent.

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I Stand at the Door

I found this poem in Spiritandword.org submitted by Brother Ken.  Brother Ken also has some other inspiring posts there as well as some insightful comments here.

Tears started rolling down my cheeks when I read this so I felt it belonged in my blog as well.

Note: Sam Shoemaker is one of the founding spiritual voices of Alcoholics Anonymous.

I Stand at the Door 

By Sam Shoemaker (from the Oxford Group)

I stand by the door.
I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out.
The door is the most important door in the world –
It is the door through which men walk when they find God.
There is no use my going way inside and staying there,
When so many are still outside and they, as much as I,
Crave to know where the door is.
And all that so many ever find
Is only the wall where the door ought to be.
They creep along the wall like blind men,
With outstretched, groping hands,
Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door,
Yet they never find it.
So I stand by the door.

The most tremendous thing in the world
Is for men to find that door – the door to God.
The most important thing that any man can do
Is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands
And put it on the latch – the latch that only clicks
And opens to the man’s own touch.

Men die outside the door, as starving beggars die
On cold nights in cruel cities in the dead of winter.
Die for want of what is within their grasp.
They live on the other side of it – live because they have not found it.

Nothing else matters compared to helping them find it,
And open it, and walk in, and find Him.
So I stand by the door.

Go in great saints; go all the way in –
Go way down into the cavernous cellars,
And way up into the spacious attics.
It is a vast, roomy house, this house where God is.
Go into the deepest of hidden casements,
Of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood.
Some must inhabit those inner rooms
And know the depths and heights of God,
And call outside to the rest of us how wonderful it is.
Sometimes I take a deeper look in.
Sometimes venture in a little farther,
But my place seems closer to the opening.
So I stand by the door.

There is another reason why I stand there.
Some people get part way in and become afraid
Lest God and the zeal of His house devour them;
For God is so very great and asks all of us.
And these people feel a cosmic claustrophobia
And want to get out. ‘Let me out!’ they cry.
And the people way inside only terrify them more.
Somebody must be by the door to tell them that they are spoiled.
For the old life, they have seen too much:
One taste of God and nothing but God will do any more.
Somebody must be watching for the frightened
Who seek to sneak out just where they came in,
To tell them how much better it is inside.
The people too far in do not see how near these are
To leaving – preoccupied with the wonder of it all.
Somebody must watch for those who have entered the door
But would like to run away. So for them too,
I stand by the door.

I admire the people who go way in.
But I wish they would not forget how it was
Before they got in. Then they would be able to help
The people who have not yet even found the door.
Or the people who want to run away again from God.
You can go in too deeply and stay in too long
And forget the people outside the door.
As for me, I shall take my old accustomed place,
Near enough to God to hear Him and know He is there,
But not so far from men as not to hear them,
And remember they are there too.

Where? Outside the door –
Thousands of them. Millions of them.
But – more important for me –
One of them, two of them, ten of them.
Whose hands I am intended to put on the latch.
So I shall stand by the door and wait
For those who seek it.

‘I had rather be a door-keeper
So I stand by the door.

Other posts you might like:

Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller
 

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Free Will is the Mother of All Blessings

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it’s when I hear someone say..”G-d has blessed me with a lot of money”.  Really?  That’s was all G-d (or the Life Force of the Universe from hereon) could come up with?  Wasn’t the concept of money something man created?

Your answer might be something like; The Life Force of the Universe (G-d) created everything – including money, so, accordingly, money is a blessing.  So, based on that logic, I guess nuclear bombs are blessings as well.

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Paycheck or Self Respect…I’ll Take Self Respect

How far will we go for money?

I guess everybody has their limits…but at what point is the line crossed from being acceptable limits to self degrading?

I think the majority of the population will agree that killing another person for money puts a person in the category of a low life, or a person of low social standards.   Our opinions about this kind of person are irrelevant, because this kind of person has basically proclaimed himself to be a low life by his willingness to trade another life for money.  A person who is willing to do this doesn’t care what you think of him, because, he/she doesn’t think too highly of themselves.

So, if we can agree (and I assume we do), that killing another human being for money is self degrading, then what else falls in this category – or – is everything else ok?

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New Yorkers – You Are Being Taxed By The MTA!!

If you aren’t aware of this, every New Yorker who files a tax return pays a percentage of wages to the MTA.   Yes, it is true.  The MTA gets some of your money whether you use it (or like it) or not.  Here is the link if you don’t believe me –http://www.tax.ny.gov/bus/mctmt/default.htm.

Here is another link with updated information…

http://www.rocklandcountytimes.com/index.php?p=227

Furthermore, MTA is in fact a corporation…

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (MTA) is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the U.S. state of New York…. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Transportation_Authority_(New_York)

So, let me get this straight..corporations are allowed to collect taxes from us?

Who’s next.. J. P. Morgan Chase, Inc.?

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