Albert Einstein memorably spoke of Judaism’s “pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence– these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my lucky stars that I belong to it”.
I read this quote and think of how lucky I am to be part of a culture and religion that teaches me I must seek justice and argue with God to benefit my fellows.
This makes me think of Abraham, the first monotheist, who argued with God to save the city of Sodom from destruction. On first look, this may seem blasphemous– how can one argue with God the almighty? God says no, I created all of you, and while I’m the ultimate decision maker, you are your brothers’ keepers and you must defend each other, you must remember that this isn’t a zero-sum game, and that we are all part of the same family.
Our other great leader, Moses, argued many times for the people, so much so that he was erased for a portion, since he had told God, if you destroy the people, erase me from your book.
Judaism instructs us to love for free, to love thy neighbor like yourself. It reminds us to love someone just because they are human, just like me, to fight for justice for them, and to remember we are all in this together. When we are unified, we are unstoppable. Conversely, when we are self-seeking, selfish, and self-centered, we cause ultimate destruction.
My question to you is: how do you find love for others when you are afraid of them, or afraid they may take advantage of that love?
My answer is based on something Brene Brown has shared in her work. I’m paraphrasing Brene, who has stated, I’d rather be vulnerable, fall in love, and get hurt than live a life not feeling deeply at all.
This week, let’s take a chance at being who we are and being vulnerable. You will find acceptance, love and joy. It’s true, you may get hurt, but isn’t it worth it in the end?
Accountability, Community, Unconditional Love
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