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Announcing The Selection for Our Next Book Club Reading…

Between God and Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

Reading begins: November 24, 2021 Ends: January 7, 2022

Heschel puts forth the question, “Does the worth of wonder merely consist in its being a stimulant to the acquisition of knowledge? Is wonder the same as curiosity? He proposes to us that, knowledge is not the beginning of knowledge, but an act that goes beyond knowledge… it is an attitude that never ceases.”

Heschel suggests that our sense of wonder [and awe] has declined. I agree. However, I know we can recover it!

He concludes that, ” life without wonder is not worth living,” finding that, “What we lack is not a will to believe, but a will to wonder.”

As we begin our journey through his book, consider the level of awe from which you approach the world each day? Do you marvel at the creation miracle that we continue to experience day by day? Can you see and sense the hand of God throughout creation?

Are you able to cut past the noise, the indifference, and the difficulties and still gaze in radical amazement at the workings at the hand of God?

Would you agree with Heschel’s claim that the way to faith leads through acts of wonder and radical amazement? What are your thoughts?

Join us as we explore these depths and experience the awe of wonder between God and man.

In the Meantime….

Remember This Torah Training Assignment:

Look for the Awe, the Wonder, the Essence of GOD within every person that you encounter this week and during this Season of Hanukah. Practice finding the awe of God within every person, within every experience and discover for yourself whether or not wisdom increases, while blocks to insight are removed.

Everyone is welcome to post their comments below as we read through the text together and share our thoughts and ideas!

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Chofetz Chaim – A Lesson A Day

A torahisteaching Book Club Recommendation

The Power of Compassionate Speech!

In response an excellent question, I am posting this book as my strongest recommendation that it be added to your library for anyone who wants to improve their ‘Power of Compassionate Speech!’ along with the link for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s website: https://cchf.global/#person_scrolling

Training our tongue (which is all flesh) to cooperate with our spiritual desire to frame our words with kindness, justice and compassion – for starters… will result in far more improvements gained in our spiritual life, than we may have set out to accomplish!

This is very disciplined work for which a person must be “dedicated unto death” in order to achieve! Especially, if we should have the occasion to begin with a very stubborn little spirit.

This is what the Chofetz Chaim says, “Loshon hora is a weapon manufactured solely from words, yet the Torah considers the harm those words create to be massive. So sharp a wedge does loshon hora between a a Jew and Hashem that it even deprives him of Divine assistance in a time of need…. Because people speak many times a day, every day of their lives, and most of what’s said appears to create no discernible consequences, it becomes easy to perceive speech as a relatively benign force.”

A few key points jump out at me here.

“Most of what’s said appears to create no discernible consequences

“…it becomes easy to perceive speech as a relatively benign force.”

This is so true, and so very destructive to our own souls. For the most part, we behave as if nothing is happening when we speak negatively or say some unkind, mean or horrible thing. The world never seems to end, and the sun still rises and sets. So it is very easy to deceive ourselves into believing that our speech is absolutely benign— having no force or effect.

On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much going on at all. Yes, we may have hurt someones feelings, but they will get over it, right?

Yes, they might.

But we are left with a much greater problem than we can see in the natural.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

Just as GOD’s Words live in and transform the atmosphere and us, possessing both spirit and life… We, being created in the image and likeness of GOD have to understand, that our words live in and transform the atmosphere and others, as well.

Your words are both spirit and life!

Your words have the ability to define and redefine reality. This is why our thoughts carry the same weight as our words.

Words can actually fly out of our mouths…words that we intentionally and/or unintentionally released, with or without cause. I am speaking from personal experience, so I am very familiar with the situation.

Guarding the tongue, is a full time occupation. One that requires a constant companion and mentor. The Chofetz Chaim can assist us with that, 179 days of the year, which is 6 months at a shot.

Prescription: Remain steadfast daily in prayer and take 1 brief page for a lesson a day, for 179 days (6 months).

You don’t have to be Jewish to benefit from the wisdom and daily reinforcement of good spiritual behavior and constant focus and repetition.

This Book is a Masterpiece! A torahisteaching Book Club Must Have!

If you do not own a copy, I strongly recommend it.

Thank You for Asking me about it my friend!

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:13-15 King David

Key Words:

  • Chofetz Chaim: seeker of life
  • shmiras haloshon – guarding the tongue

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