there is a thought that crosses some faiths. chasidic jews couch it as goal of attempting to
“bring a part of heaven onto earth.” this philosophy can even be reduced to secular terms. “can we can work together to make the world a better place to live?”
for most, life is a struggle. we must work to have shelter, clothing and a place to live. we are challenged by health concerns and problems. we wish to be safe. we wish find our peace and meaning in life.
religiously, a one way achieving this goal is through adherence the torah’s commandments or the mitzvot. in the chabad sect, every mitzvot matters! each act is an elevation. likewise, the calendar offers a weekly opportunity to taste the good life. the weekly sabbath offers a moment in time to be free of labor and recreate.
in the big picture, the torah’s 613 commandments is geared toward the practice of judaism. the 10 commandments, however, present a small but important instruction which can help make the world a better place. how much less stress, anxiety and despair could exist in a world in which there is less crime and where family member’s address each other with respect and honor.
perhaps one day, there will be leaders who can tap into this dream. a dream meant to benefit all.
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