web analytics
July 2, 2015 / 15 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


A Great Person

Twenties-011014

Known to the Jewish world as Master of The Good Name, he was a man who revolutionized our perception of how to live a spiritual life. He preached that not just the intellectually-inclined could come to know God’s love, but even a farmer and a non-educated person. He was a humanist in the truest sense of the word; a man whose love for everyone was manifested through his love for nature; a man who preached the sacredness of every moment, and celebrated each second in worship, since he believed that everything is holy because the spark of God is the soul in all that exists in the cosmos.

He was born in 1698 and died in 1760. Legend says his parents were poor and not very young when he was born. His father died when he was just five, but his last words were so powerful they stayed in the lad’s conscience forever.

“Fear absolutely no one or nothing but G-d, and love every single Jew no matter who he/she is and no matter what he/she is doing.”

This consequential teaching from his father was the genesis of his radical transformation of Jewish thought.

When he was a boy in yeshiva he often had a hard time concentrating because his mind was engulfed with a profoundly intimate fascination for the artistry of nature. He was very focused on the rapture of the Divine’s transcendent mastery that fuels all life.

As a young man he often left the city to meditate and pray in the forests.  His approach to prayer was unique in Judaism in that he believed that God is the mysterious, esoteric, substance deep inside everything and is what unifies all of creation.  He would meditate, putting all of his energy into a specific prayer and in doing so become one with the prayer, liberating his soul from the chamber of his body and releasing his essence into the kingdom of God, reuniting with the Source. This is the true purpose of prayer, he taught, to bring one’s self back to a place of universal singularity where one is a part of God.

This epiphany forged a new path to praising the Lord, a more progressive way so to speak.  He preached that Judaism wasn’t just about learning what it means to be Jewish, but experiencing what it is to be Jewish – to celebrate every second, while one’s soul is interwoven with the cosmic soul of the One. He taught his talmidim to wake up early and meditate, entering a place where they were in participation with their souls, and that they must perform every commandment to the fullest.

The Divine spark that lives in each one of us is like a magnet and the Divine like a mysterious magnetic field encompassing the known and unknown. Hidden deep in our conscience is the magnet of our soul, often times buried underneath all the thoughts and perceptions that are influenced by our world and filtered by our earthly five senses. God’s magnetic field is infinitely eternal and functions at every moment.  It becomes stronger with every act of compassion, every heartfelt emotion, every heartbreak, every feeling of loneliness. Any emotion that is detected and sensed through our sixth sense, our “Godly sense,” can trigger His presence into our lives, binding everything together spiritually and emotionally.

He revealed the importance of being in touch with the cosmic soul allowing us to come to know God, which will make us more sensitive to all that is present in our lives – the environment, how we treat fellow animals, our fellow men and women.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “A Great Person”

  1. Guys, I keep thinking Jewish Press is advertising discs with the fancy schmancy round frame. LOL

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
investing-in-gold_4548807_lrg
What Sanctions? Iran Receives 13 Tons of Gold From S. Africa
Latest Sections Stories

Anna Henriques, who hopes to one day head back to Jamaica, says, “Rabbi Raskin must be willing to respect what exists in Jamaica. The way to the future is to gently bring in the traditions of the past and at the same time embrace the idiosyncrasies of the Jamaican people.”

Food-Talk---Eller-logo

The Silver Platter has it all: gorgeous photography, oodles of useful tips and, more importantly, incredible recipes that you will find yourself making again and again.

Emmer-052915-History

It may be that seeking to connect with the past is rooted in the impermanence and impersonality of modern life.

It is very hard to build a healthy marriage when you do not have good role models.

My best book is one that hasn’t been published yet.

We tend to justify and idealize this division with pride attributing these tendencies as demonstrating a higher level of kedushah.

Everyone in the kehilla can get involved, she added, and mothers can network with each other.

On her first ever trip to Israel last week, popular radio talk-show personality and clinical psychologist Dr. Joy Browne, whose spirited broadcasts regularly attract millions of listeners across North America, paid a visit to OneFamily headquarters in Jerusalem in order to learn more about the physical and emotional challenges faced by victims of terror in […]

With the famous Touro Synagogue, a variety of mansions, each with its own distinct personality, as well as the beautiful coast, Rhode Island makes for an excellent vacation spot.

To avoid all this waste and unnecessary anxiety, let’s break the task down step by step and tackle each one at a time.

While there are those who insist they need full-color photos to be truly entranced by a recipe, I suggest you get over that particular requirement because the written word here will draw you in and cause you to salivate as you peruse the recipes scattered throughout The Well-Spiced Life (Israel Book Shop).

For those who couldn’t go off base, a personal parcel was priceless in its ability to convey a feeling of home.

More Articles from Eli Davis

How can awareness evolve from exploding stars?

Twenties-011014

“Fear absolutely no one or nothing but G-d, and love every single Jew no matter who he/she is and no matter what he/she is doing.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/teens-twenties/a-great-person/2014/01/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: