|Examine Your Life
Question Five : Am I living in a
(see Rabbi Schwartz's answer at bottom of this page)
No, I am living in a world
deliberately made in an imperfect fashion, deliberately made so that
human beings, working with a Divine plan and proper intent, can improve
it to a level requiring no further improvement, i.e. perfection.
A. Silver :
decided that He would create the most perfect setting for His
masterplan to play out – and that is this world. In this sense, it is
perfect and couldn’t be better. But because people make mistakes and
sin, this world is very imperfect and in need of a lot of fixing.
world is the perfect gift from Hashem to us. And even though we and our
ancestors have damaged the gift, and it often looks like it’s falling
apart because of the way we treat it, it will eventually become fully
healed, fixed and perfect – even more perfect than Gan Eden was for
Adam and Eve. But even now, we are in the best place for fulfilling
Hashem’s will. And His will is that we fix, improve and care for this
broken world until we and it have a refuah sheleimah.
The world is a stage of collective projections of love and fear, hopes
and conflicts, peace and war. Knowing our lives are in the hands of a
loving creator, we each have the responsibility to tikkun and tshuva .
It is not a perfect world, but has the chance for survival both in
spite of us and because of us. As we turn to Hashem seeking his
will, mercy and compassion, we will be connected to the absolute truth
that Hashem is eternal and never changes.
Yes, I am living in a perfect world. Anything added to this response is commentary.
see each encounter as a blessing and or a test. What goes on with me or
around me is simply the opportunity for me to respond in the best way I
know. I can reach out to G-d and others to guide me on my
Rabbi Schwartz :
The Creator is a perfect Being. He creates
only that which is perfect. As such, this world too, represents
absolute perfection. If so, how do we understand all that the world is
"missing" – the ignorance, unkindness, hatred, cruelty, violence,
poverty, sickness and suffering?
Life was given to us that we may
correct and enrich ourselves. We receive it as a puzzle with missing
pieces. Each missing piece corresponds to a part of ourselves we need to
develop and improve. The hunger, the pain, the deficiency itself is the
indicator, showing us where we must focus. What the world lacks is what
we ourselves lack. In truth though, these wants are really artificial
deficiencies aimed only at helping us earn ultimate satisfaction and
happiness. Looking at our world is like looking at our pimples under a
microscope. The troubles we see, whether in our own families (on a
smaller scale), our communities, and even the world (at large), are an
exaggerated picture of our own failings. By studying our environment, we
may learn what we need to do.
In general, we have two options.
We may invest time, thought and effort into areas of personal growth, or
at the communal level, by contributing to the welfare of others.
Whichever approach we choose, brings a totality of benefits. By working
on ourselves, we improve our world; and by working for our world, we
grow ourselves. Then, when we do all we need to do, we will find
miraculously, that the world is - even in our own eyes - a perfect
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