Question Two :
What do I give? What do I get?
(see Rabbi Schwartz's answer at bottom of this page)
The more I give the more I get. We are all created in the image of Hashem. Hashem is All Good.
We are created to emulate Hashem. I give of myself to myself, I give of myself to others and I give of myself to Hashem.
In all cases I Thank and Appreciate Hashem for giving me so I can give in return.
stated in Pirkei Avot Chapt 4 number 14- If I am not for myself who
will be for me, and if I am for myself, what am I? And if not now when?
try and give my best in life, by spreading the truth about Hashem, by
giving, Tzadakah and helping other people, never asking back anything
in return, but sometimes I am not giving enough due to the problems in
this materialistic world.
What I do get, is the pleasure of
serving Hashem with all my heart, and the pleasure and joy of life,
including the love of my family. What I have learnt is the more one
gives from the heart without expecting back in return, the more one
give of myself and of my resources, both of which are not mine but
rather, Divinely-given, are my responsibility. I receive
blessings, including but not limited to my life force and all that
others choose to give. Parenthetically, I am constantly and
eternally grateful both for being able to give and for everything I
I give shalom, mercy, kindness and grace that Hashem in his bounty has lavished on me in his loving kindness to me as his child.
the Torah's attributes of doing kindness, clothing the naked, visiting
the sick, burying the dead and also Tzedaka. Therefore doing good in
the sight of Hashem Deuteronomy 6. What a magnificent gift of his
word that I benefit from that purifies and blesses my soul. When
you understand that you are given the responsibility to help people
from your heart, joy is the experience with which you connect to
receive Hashem's promises.
give when I push myself to serve Hashem at times when it doesn't come
easy (though He doesn't need what I "give" Him). I get all the
blessings, whether physical or spiritual, He bestows upon me.
I get far more than I give and so I am responding to what I get first.
get a life that is abundant in opportunities, kindness, wonder,
challenges, time to enjoy the world, time to solve or wait out
challenges. I get love, I get life during and beyond my improper
behavior. I get time to resolve or to repent for my improper behavior
or actions. I get family, faith and friends which give me
relationships. I could not imagine my life without these relationships.
I give what I enjoy giving. I give of my time, my energy and my
resources to what I emotionally connect to. I give selectively because
I have limited time and resources. Comparatively for what I get in my
life I give little. I give because I feel a sense of duty or because I
love. I am human and my giving on reflection makes me realize how
awesome G-d is because his abundance is infinite and kind to each and
every living being.
I give because G-d gives me my life, and so my giving is the extension of G-d's goodness.
to be honest , don't really like this question . Very cryptic , vague
and really not capable of providing any kind of objectivity .
Nevertheless , I will try my best . Drawing from all the depth that I
am capable of , I would have to say that I give nothing at all ,
after all who can give Hashem anything . Whatever it may mean , I get
everything , for what am I without Hashem , nothing.
A. Silver :
give my will and desires to Hashem and to others, and then hope and
pray that it will be Hashem's will and desire to bring my will and
desires from potential to actual. I get my good desires and will as a
gift from Hashem; this is the key to the treasure trove of eternal good
which no eye has seen except for You Hashem and which Hashem will give
to the deserving in Olam Habah.
What do I give? What
do I get? Every breath of life. A beating heart and all the other
organs that keep me alive and well. I get awesome experiences filled
with so much opportunity and challenge. A mind that can navigate the
continual changes and a mind that can choose equanimity and joy no
matter the situation or one can choose to receive the gifts we get
through negatively. tainted glasses. Absolutely our choice.
We can only give because we are continually getting.
Rabbi Schwartz :
can't live without exerting ourselves. Even breathing costs us effort.
Certainly then, dressing, praying, eating, working and every effort we
make is a form of giving, giving to our lives. The flip side of this is
with everything we give, we get something in return. We give out what
is good, positive, energizing, and we get what is good, positive,
energizing. We give out what is evil, negative and discouraging, and we
receive in return what is evil, negative and discouraging.
applies also in terms of where we invest our efforts. We invest in
creating good relationships, we enjoy good relationships. We invest in
helping others, we receive help in return. We invest in study and
learning, we grow great through the knowledge we absorb. We invest in
knowing Hashem, we uncover the path He sets before us.
point: We need to focus on the giving rather than taking. Even though,
taking too is a form of giving - after all we can't take without giving
something first (even if its only words of flattery) still the energy
which comes from such an intention, weakens us.
Ideally then, we
should commit ourselves to planting and building, supporting and
motivating, and only where absolutely necessary, demolishing and
destroying. Thus we create for ourselves a magnificent future.
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