Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More HP Magic...

I believe the world can be a better place. In Judaism it's called Tikkun Olam, healing the world. We believe that by doing what G-d told us in the Torah, the world will run the way it's supposed to. No Strife.

I try to do my part. I want to raise Mentchedick kids (good human beings). I make sure not only I give charity every day, but also my daughter and husband. We have people over for meals, and put them up for the night if they need a place to be for Shabbat. I know we've had hundreds in our home for a meal in the last 3.5 years (since we were married).

But more than that, I try to be polite in a less-than-polite culture (Israelis are rude!). Sometimes it means I wait longer, get ignored, or get pushed in a crowd, but I think that's OK. I also never answer back with sarcastic remarks when we are in a non-Jewish area of the USA and I'm getting asked for the thousandth time if I'm Amish, if I have cancer (I cover my hair with a scarf), if we're Jewish, if I can speak Jewish (Hebrew or Yiddish?) to them, bless their kids, whatever. Because I know these questions are other people's way of trying to understand me and also make the world a better place. And I appreciate that.

4 comments:

Corina - Down to Earth Mama said...

Welcoming people into your home is a wonderful way to spread kindness in your lives. Thank you. I love the fact that you are willing to share your religion with those that ask questions that are perhaps uneducated. It is through this we learn to respect each other and understand other cultures.

Thank you so much.

Braja said...

I don't want to sound ignorant, but I've noticed on some other sites as well what you've done here, and wondered if you could explain to me why Jews don't write God, but G-d?

the rabbi's wife said...

Braja-
Nobody who asks a legitimate question sounds ignorant! At least, not to me! I had to learn all this stuff to, when I became a religious Jew.
Jews write G-d out of respect for Him and His name. It says in Psalms that G-d and His name are one. Therefore, it would be disrespectful to invoke His presence on something of only transitory nature (like a blog, or a paper that will be put in the trash). In speech, we refer to G-d as HaShem, literally "the Name".
Does that make sense, or do I need to explain further? (Which I will gladly do.)

Zahavah said...

"Because I know these questions are other people's way of trying to understand me and also make the world a better place. And I appreciate that. " I love that, what a great outlook on life :)