|Examine Your Life
Question One :
Why was I born?
(see Rabbi Schwartz's answer at bottom of this page)
I was born to fulfill a purpose in this world during the time I am
allotted. Being born and recognizing my actual purpose is a primary
goal for me to accomplish. By the grace and kindness of G-d I have this
opportunity of my life and so I must treasure and thank G-d for all the
blessings I have, because I do view my life as being wonderful and a
blessing. Perhaps I was born simply because G-d wanted me to be born.
I was born with strengths and weaknesses. I believe within myself that
I must utilize my strengths for good (yet to be defined) and to avoid
bad (still to be defined). If I was born with a start date already
established and with an end date still to be known by others (not me :)
I must accomplish my purpose or my work by then. As I write I realize
how difficult it is for me to answer this question because I have never
actually thought why I was born.
In conclusion I was born because G-d wanted me to be born.
I was born in order to accomplish something only I can accomplish
during my timespan in this world and to improve (if not perfect) myself
and my connection with the Divine.
("I", "my", etc. refer to my spiritual being.)
I was born to know, love and to serve Hashem. My life experiences good
or bad are messages from him designed to stimulate my faith to become
closer to him by praying/speaking to him in a loving relationship,
father to daughter.
By becoming closer to him the better I can know him. The more I know
him he helps me in the path to the correction of my soul which is the
purpose I am here. Hashem in is infinite loving kindness directs my
life in a manner that helps me to successfully achieve this purpose. I
love him by seeking his will and trusting his reproves knowing that he
loves me and does everything for my benefit making life not only
bearable but gratifying. I accept life's difficulties with
faith for the correction and perfection of my soul This is
one of my greatest achievements to know Hashem and believe in his
faithful divine providence.
D Kraus :
I have always found the Malbim on Chumash, puts it so beautifully as
The highest form of pleasure that Hashem (So to speak) enjoys is to give
the goodness to us.
Therefore, by us doing his Rotzon (Not for the reward per se) but only
in order to facilitate and enable Hashem to reciprocate and perpetuate his
A simple but profound idea, which is of course a lofty concept, but
well worth working on.
I'm not sure this is a meaningful question. I define what I was born to
do by what I do. G-d may have a plan – I'm personally neutral on that
question – but there is no way for me to know what that is, so it's not
relevant to my human existance. Responses that would offer me any
guidance in how to live are either too abstract to be meaningful or
assume the literal truth of messages that I can't believe are literally
The Path of the Just indicates that we are born so G-d can shower us
with his kindness and divine gifts. These unimaginable
pleasures are to be provided in our heavenly portion, which is earned
through our upkeep of G-d's commandments in this world. The
classic follow-up question is why does G-d put us through the paces and
challenges of being born if the true purpose in our creation is simply
to serve as vessels for the manifestation of G-d's kindness in the
world to come? The answer I have heard, quoted from the
author of the Path of the Just, is that we would be unable to fully
appreciate our heavenly reward if it was simply given to us without any
toil on our part. Much like a trust-fund baby can not fully
appreciate his inherited wealth and may ignore the responsibilities
that are attached to such a gift, the soul is unable to appreciate G-ds
gifts if there was no effort put forth. This view of our
purpose is supported by historical Jewish teachings which indicate that
its almost impossible for any Jew not to receive a share in the world
to come- even false prophets who may lead thousands away from belief
and G-d will still eventually receive heavenly eternal reward after
their allotted punishment. To me this indicates that G'ds
ultimate intent is to bestow us all with his kindness, as if our
heavenly reward were simply a reflection of our actions on this world,
how could it be the worst of us receive eternal reward? At
the same time we know that our earthly performance impacts the amount
of punishment received after death as well as the level of pleasures
received in the world to come. In the described paradigm,
perhaps this could be explained as a necessary limitation of G-d's
kindness in order to foster an appreciation of earned reward and not as
a qualification for receiving G-ds grace.
was born to perfect myself, that is to work towards perfection (though
complete perfection will never be achieved). The means to do that is to
keep all the mitzvos of the Torah to the best of my ability. Another
way to say it, is that I was born to draw close to Hashem by emulating
Him. I accomplish this emulation by keeping the Torah.
Hashem's perspective to give of his good to another . From our
perspective to earn that good by making Hashem' name and glory known
throughout the world , by learning Torah and performing mitzvas
and withstanding trials .
was chosen by Hashem to b brought down into this world to fix or
correct something from a previous reincarnation. I was put into a
motherly position with a big fam b'h.my purpose upto date is being the
wife of a b'h beautiful husband & the mother & grandma to our
children & grandkids.to learn , to teach to bring us all to b
respectable Jews that try to go in the paths of the Torah . With my
first pregnancy I became ill, drs told me to abort in order to live . I
told them that I could not possible do that & I prayed that if
Hashem let's this baby b well he will b an observant religious Jew.
Baruch Hashem it was a big challenge in our lives & we were very
young but our emunah was indescribable ! Baruchut frm our great
grandfather & our rabbis & prayers of the community & ours
Hashem gave us a beautiful son. Dr told us u can't have anymore
children don't risk ur life! We went to another dr recommended by
our rabbis & went to rabbis & got an ok & a beracha . It
was a challenging beginning but B'h Hashem pulled us thru it . Today we
have b'h a family that bli ayin Hara would have never imagined
ourselves without! Hashem is great & if we r born to this world we
have a mission to complete we might not realize what our mission is but
we must keep our minds focused on Hashems way!
was born to perfect my character and for a G-D given purpose. I believe
as a Jew that G-D created me for the following three areas of
1] To perfect myself.
2]To perfect my behaviour to other people.
3]To perfect my behaviour to G-D
three areas are mirrored in Pirkei Avot. Chapter 1, no 2 by
Shimon Hatzadik : On three things the world depends on Torah Study, on
Service of G-D and bestowing Kindness.
I was born, because Hashem, wanted me to be born, so I could
find the truth and start searching, the purpose of why I was born was to first
find Hashem, and then to serve Hashem ( helping other people throught Mitvos
and Tzadekah ) with all my heart and soul and to cleave to the creator,
making corrections along the path for my soul.
A. Silver :
it says in Koheles 12:13 – “The end of the matter, everything having
been heard, fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the entire
I believe this is what Hashem desires. We don’t know exactly
why He desires it, but it seems that it’s in order for us to develop
the capability to receive the greatest good which is Hashem Himself.
believe that I was born into this world so as to have the opportunity
to learn to love and to trust (Bitachon) in Hashem with all my heart. I
love to learn about Bitachon as it provides me with a deep feeling of
deveikas and inner peace.
I was born to fulfill my mission. I do not fully know my mission yet as I
am still here, however, I do believe that I do know part of my mission
on earth by learning about my strengths and talents over the years. I
believe that I was born to make a difference in life of people with
special needs. I believe I have a true gift at communicating with people
with special needs and maximizing these special people's potential. I
also believe I was born to face challenges that G-d has chosen
personally for me. I believe I am still young and am still learning why I
Rabbi Schwartz :
was born to receive a gift, the ultimate gift. Since all goodness comes
from Hashem, and since it is the nature of good to do good, He
therefore gives me the ultimate gift - He gives me life. Let's think
out three "bests" contained in this gift:
(1) The best gift
Hashem can give me is Himself. Thus my gift is the ability to be all
that He is - the nobility, the beauty, the creative genius, the love
and the joy.
(2) The best mode of giving a gift is that I may
truly appreciate it. Thus He makes it difficult to acquire this
greatness. I must work hard and even suffer before I may reach it. Only
then is it absolutely mine.
(3) The highest honor that
accompanies any gift is to have it custom-made, especially created for
me. Thus no one in the world, no one in history, will ever have the
life that only I may live.
As such: I must pour my heart, dreams,
energy and every resource I have into living this gift. In this way
then, I will make good the experience of being born...
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