Man Is Not Alone (2) – Man Is Needed By God

Man Is Not Alone

Man Is Needed By God – 4.01 minutes   [from Ch.20 The Essence of Man]

 

There is only one way to fumigate the obnoxious air of our world – to live beyond our own needs and interests.
…How can man succeed in breaking out of the circle of his self?

Our needs are temporal, while our being needed is lasting.

The souls of men are candles of the Lord …and every soul is indispensable to Him.

~ Keren Hannah

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Man Is Not Alone : A Philosophy of Religion

Man Is Not Alone (1) – Man Stands Between God And The Beasts

Man Is Not Alone

 

* Man is always faced with the choice of listening either to God or to the snake.

* Man is the knot in which heaven and earth are interlaced.

 

Between God and the Beasts   3.25 mins. [from Ch.20 – The Essence of Man]

 

More from: ‘Man is Not Alone’

[from Ch.15 The Divine Concern]

The concern for others is not an extension in breadth but an ascension, a rise. Man reaches a new vertical dimension, the dimension of the holy, when he grows beyond his self interests, when that which is of interest to others becomes vital to him.

…The self, the fellow-man and the dimension of the holy are the three dimensions of a mature human concern.

…Our first impulse is self-preservation. …If life is holy, as we believe it is, then self-regard is that which maintains the holy. …The moral task is not how to disregard one’s own self but how to discover and be attentive to another self.

The self is not evil. The precept: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” includes the care of one’s own self as a duty. …To serve does not mean to surrender but to share.

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” concludes with the words: “I Am the Lord.” It is this conclusion that contains the ultimate reason for that solemn command. True and timeless is the command; but if God were not God, there would be no truth, no timelessness and no such command.

~Keren Hannah

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Man Is Not Alone : A Philosophy of Religion

THE ORCHARD

Four entered the orchard:
Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Elisha and Ben Azzai and Ben Zoma.
Ben Zoma gazed and died,
Rabbi Elisha cut down the plantings,
Ben Azzai gazed and was harmed.
Only Rabbi Akiva emerged in peace.

THE ORCHARD
by Yochi Brandes
Translated from the Hebrew by Daniel Libenson

~ Review by Cindy

The Orchard is one of the most profoundly thoughtful, intensely moving, at times keenly troubling, and spellbinding reads I have taken the time to enjoy for a long while. 

Yochi Brandes weaves a story of the greatly venerated Rabbi Akiva (born not long after the birth of Yeshua) as told through the eyes of his second wife Rachel. Though fiction, it is rooted in Scripture, historical events, and Talmudic lore. Brandes paints for us the life of Akiva, an illiterate shepherd who meets Rachel, the daughter of one of the richest men in Israel. Though on the brink of betrothal, Rachel is stuck by the heart and mind of Akiva and withdraws from her betrothal. Seeking out Akiva’s company (and hand in marriage) Rachel teaches Akiva to read and marvels at his uniqueness of drawing out meaning not only from the words of Scripture but also from the individual letters and spaces between them. Seeing potential for greatness, Rachel pushes Akiva at the age of 40 to study Torah under Rabbi Eliezer, a leading sage of the post-Temple era.

The Orchard is centered on the life of Rabbi Akiva, but it also tells the story of the rabbis who lived following the destruction of the Second Temple (70 C.E.) and one Rabbi who died just before 70 C.E. – Paul of Tarsus. The Orchard propels the reader into the struggles between the schools of Judaism – the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel, the struggles between the Sadducees and the Pharisees, and the struggles between Israel and Rome. Yochi Brandes also gives a glimpse of the complicated relationship between the Nazarenes and the Sages in this same period.

At times I laughed out loud, other times my heart swelled and overflowed with such warmth and love, and then there were times I wept. Throughout this read I had many sleepless nights of wrestling. Please if you pick up this book don’t expect it to be a happily-ever-after read. It is visceral, raw, and at times heart breaking.  But with all that said, The Orchard is fascinating. What a gift to witness arguments for the sake of Heaven.

The Orchard is a deeply moving read, penetrating the heart. It is an experience not to be missed, and also an experience not to be entered into lightly.

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Enjoy a wonderful adventure this summer into the thoughts, concepts and inspirations of renowned thinker and author, Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Let your thinking be stimulated  and join the discussion.

Write a comment below the posts, either here on the HIS-ISRAEL website or on our Facebook page. Or  simply share the post on your Facebook timeline each week. You are awarded one entry for each comment or share.

The final draw will be made at the conclusion of the series and the winner will be announced on the website and on the His-Israel Facebook page.

 Choose from this amazing list of books, one of which Keren will be featuring each week:
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  2. The Sabbath
  3. Israel – An Echo Of Eternity
  4. I Asked For Wonder
  5. The Prophets
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Next selection will be June 1, 2019.

THIS GRATEFUL HEART – PRAYER AND POEMS

 

Prayer reminds me of the simple truths. We are surrounded by holiness. By beauty. By wonder and awe. At the same time, we must live as it is offered us, sometimes messy, sometimes challenging, potentially painful, potentially traumatic, a mixed bag of joy and sorrow. No matter what, our lives are enriched by prayer. Prayer gives our hearts a voice.

There’s no moment too small for a prayer. Or too large for that matter. A single petal of a rose. A field of wildflowers. A birth. A death. And there’s no moment too small or too large for gratitude.

 

THIS GRATEFUL HEART
Psalms and Prayers for a New Day
by Alden Solovy

~ review by Cindy

Alden Solovy is a well-known liturgist and has become a favorite writer of mine. His words are both beautiful and heartfelt and I find myself not just reading his words but praying them. These psalm and prayers are both profound and deeply seated expressions that stir yearnings in my heart and have often helped me form words that I couldn’t find on my own.

This stirring anthology contains over 100 poems, organized into nine sections to make finding what you are looking for easy:

  1. Days
  2. Seasons
  3. Shabbat
  4. Jewish Holy Days
  5. Other Special days
  6. Turning Points
  7. End of Life
  8. Grief
  9. Memorial Prayers

The Grateful Heart is deeply soulful.  Often used by myself for personal prayer, Alden Solovy truly does bend light onto the pages of this inspiring collection.

His new book This Joyous Soul is just as beautiful and inspirational.

You can find them both on Amazon.com

Visit Alden Solovy at To Bend Light

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Next selection will be May 1, 2019.

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Next selection will be April 1, 2019.

January’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

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Next selection will be March 1, 2019.

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Next selection will be February 1, 2019.

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Next selection will be January 1, 2019.

ONE CANDLE – dispels much darkness

Join Keren in lighting the lights on the first night of Hanukkah HERE

And enjoy this beautifully illustrated and stirring story of one family’s special Hanukkah tradition… (With special thanks to Gayle Ann Cater for gifting Dwight and me with this book many Hanukkahs ago!)  ~Keren   

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Next selection will be December 1, 2018.

CHICKEN MAN

I wrote Chicken Man after living and working on Kibbutz Mizra. I had a friend who worked in the ‘lul’ [lool] – the chicken coop. His charming stories of the chickens and the fun he had in the lul convinced me to work there, too. It was a horrible place and I hated the chickens. That’s when I learned about the power of stories. [1]

CHICKEN MAN
by Michelle Edwards

~ Review by Cindy

Deep in Israel’s Jezreel Valley there once lived a man known to his mother as Rody and to all the rest of  Kibbutz Hanan as Chicken Man…Chicken man liked the chicken coop. He liked the chickens. He liked all the noisy clucking when he sang…Chicken Man thought that he might like to work in the chicken coop forever.

Rody loves his job in the chicken coop, he loves the chickens as well. And the chickens? Well they love Rody in return – in fact when Rody took care of the chickens they laid more eggs than ever before.

But there was a problem. Rody had a unique attitude toward his work and that attitude caused others to covet his position. You see Rody was a content and happy worker. He even sang as he worked. He made whatever job he was given seem easy and that caused Bracha – who spent long hours in front of a big hot stove – to request to be moved to the chicken coop. So Rody was moved to the laundry.

It was hard for Rody to leave the chickens but he said goodbye and moved to the laundry. Singing as he worked, he once again made his job look easy. And soon Dov – who milked the cows – asked for Rody’s job. And so it goes on and Rody is moved from one position to another.

This is truly a delightful read and without giving the entire story away – all ends well for both Rody and the chickens.

Chicken Man teaches us that there is beauty and value in every job. This book is a sweet introduction for children to a valuable work ethic and an insight into the early years of life on the kibbutzim in Israel.

In conjunction with reading this book with your children or grands, you might like to take advantage of a free online teacher guide written by Barb Stein and Michelle Edwards:

Chicken Man Teacher’s Guide

You can purchase Chicken Man from amazon.com
Chicken Man

1. From a Barbara Bietz interview of Michelle Edwards. You can read the entire review at Jewish Books for Kids