I recently read a book that dealt with the serious mistakes made by governments, which often result in the death of millions of people and the loss of a lot of money. The author suggests that when governments make decisions based on ideologies rather than practical realities, these are the expected results.
This guy knows (not). If he were the supreme adviser to these governments, he would save the world!
Another article I read recently explained that investors who take a traditional investment route do better than those who use complicated approaches like hedge funds and emerging markets.
So this man is smarter than everyone else. He understood !
Another article concludes, after a very long scientific study in Miami, that men behave remarkably differently towards women; moreover, this observation seems to affect men more than women when they are both together.
Thousands of years ago, the Talmud explained the importance of separating men and women during events where concentration is necessary, more for the good of the men than for the women!
Here is my point:
The Bible commands us to free ourselves daily from internal bondage – restraints that suppress the infinite potential of the divine spark within. On three progressive levels, the Bible deals with the end purpose of the plagues that God sent upon Egypt. These are the levels at which true freedom is achieved, and an open channel is created to receive all of God’s blessings.
1. “Let you know that I am God.
2. “You will know that I am God in the midst of the earth.”
3. “Let you know that there is no one but God.”
Pharaoh (and the strength that Pharaoh represented in each person) proclaims: “I do not know God to listen to his voice. Internal biases prevent a person from seeing how he, the world, and an infinite, miraculous, good God affect each other.
This person sees everything as the result of their efforts, period. Everything must make logical sense in his mind, otherwise he deems it irrational and absurd. He claims that the brighter the person, the better his chances of success in war, wealth and health.
If that’s true, why are more and more studies concluding that having a college degree is no more a guarantee of success and happiness than not having the degree?
Why do smart investors and economists often fail to “get it” or “get it”? Were they not as brilliant when they failed as when they succeeded?
For someone who cultivates his faith on a daily basis, his life is a life worthy of the name. He spends his entire existence immersed in meaning, purpose and goodness. When things are going well, they are going well, and when they are not going well, to his understanding, it is just as well because he has faith and confidence that God will have mercy on him and goodwill will soon be revealed; and if everything comes from the wise and compassionate God, it must be good now.
Once in a small town, they all gathered together to pray for rain. Only one guy brought his umbrella. It is faith.
When a child is thrown into the air, he laughs and enjoys every moment because he knows someone will catch him. It’s trust.
We set the alarm clock every night before we went to bed, although no one could guarantee the next day. It is hope.
Knowing that there is an all-powerful, all-knowing God in the middle of the Earth and there is nothing else and nurturing that faith is the key to freedom from his Egypt – eternal freedom from compulsory slavery. This faith and trust is the only way to blessings and happiness.
Chapter 174 www.aspiritualsoulbook.com
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and speaker. “A Spiritual Soul Book” www.aspiritualsoulbook.com & “Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century” www.maimonidesadvice.com. Rabbi Ezagui opened the first Chabad center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox synagogue on the island of Palm Beach, Florida in 1987.