It has been a brutal winter thus far and the trees give evidence of the continued cold, heavy winds, snow and rain by their empty branches and darkened color. Yet before we despair there are also signs the trees have dug deep, held on, and will soon regenerate and bear leaves, flowers and fruits.
I often ask for advice or wisdom from a rabbi or other people I consider to be wise, noble, and spiritual. Recently I called upon a rabbi to inquire as to how I should respond to a certain situation. His response was, “What would the command to “be holy” bid you to do in the situation?” Ouch! Oy vey and oy vey again!
Many people go through life with the belief that G-d is mad at them and out to get them. This logic is based on the misguided notion that their actions have created animosity with G-d and brought the wrath of G-d on them. This logic is defective and dupes individuals into believing all hope is lost, there is no good within them and life is pointless. In the process of accepting those false truths about themselves these tormented souls fail to acknowledge the spark of G-d within them.