Judaism

The Best

Everything is for the best. Gam zu l’tova – and this too is also for the good. I thought I was right, but maybe, just maybe I’m wrong. Either way, whatever happens, it’s for the best. Link 1 Not as relevant but it’s about why bad things happen to good people.

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Ribono Shel Olam

Master of the universe! I am Yours and my dreams are Yours. I have dreamed a dream and I do not know what it is. May it be Your will, Lord my God and God of my fathers, that all my dreams concerning myself and concerning anyone of Israel, shall be for good; whether dreams that I dreamed about others, or whether I dreamed about myself, or whether others dreamed about me. If they are good [dreams],...

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How to laugh at pain

It happened after the Romans destroyed the Temple. The sages were going up to Jerusalem and saw a fox coming out of the ruins of what was once the Holy of Holies. They began to weep. The looked over at Rabbi Akiva – and he was laughing. “Why do you laugh?” they asked. “Why do you weep?” he replied. “We stand before the holiest place in the world, where only...

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A Jew

All people of the world know who they are – they’re forthright about it. Koreans are Koreans, Norwegians are Norwegians, and Hyphenated-Americans are Hyphenated-Americans. But what are Jews? “Who – or what – am I?” is a question every Jew has asked at least once in his lifetime. And sadly, he has reason to, because instead of definitions, he has doubt. Is being...

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