Love, Awe and Joy
In the realm of attributes and attitudes is an important three. These
are Love, Awe and Joy.
Love parallels Giving, which in turn leads to health/wealth. (2) Awe
parallels Prayer, and therefore the power of self-discipline, as well
as drawing down heavenly help and performing of miracles. (3) Joy
parallels Wisdom, which creates for us a path to success and
Along these lines, let's look at another
teaching: ...the students of our father Avraham have (1) a generous
eye, (2) are not greedy, and (3) are humble ... whereas, the students
of the evil Bilaam have a mean eye, are greedy and grasping, and are
arrogant ... the first inherit eternity ... the latter are destroyed
Having a generous eye parallels Love. Not being greedy
and grasping leads to Joy. Being humble in the face of our giant,
magnificent universe, allows us to experience feelings of Awe.
enjoy three types of relationships. These are (1) our interaction with
other people, (2) our connection with the Creator, and (3) our
relationship with ourselves.
These three we can link to the three pillars as follows:
(1) To interact successfully with other people, we should focus on
showing Kindness to them, on giving to them.
(2) To connect ourselves with the Creator, our main vehicle is Prayer.
To build our relationship with ourselves, to grow and improve
ourselves, depends on Wisdom -- on knowing and understanding
We can also link these three types of
relationships with our three areas of need, (1) our physical needs, (2)
our emotional needs, and (3) our intellectual, or spiritual, needs.
By investing energy into the three pillars, we feed and boost our three
 The acronym for these three words in
Hebrew, אהבה - love, יראה - awe, and שמחה - joy, is איש, which
indicates a person of importance.
 Pirkei Avos 5.20
Our relationship with ourselves is also a relationship with the
Creator, for the soul of a person is "a part of G-d above." (Iyov 31.2)