Monday, April 20, 2015

Gevurah b'Tiferet

When I think about gevurah b'tiferet I think about the story of the Israelites in the desert. The Israelites were told to trust that G-d would provide for them. This required the Israelites to act in a way that required discipline and restraint in order for them to live in harmony. If any of the Israelite's doubted G-d and collected more manna or quail then they needed it would spoil for the next day. There was no need for greed in this society. I think to how they were also so concerned for water, again doubting G-d and that disrupted the harmony they felt and the compassion they showed one another. This effected everyone. The less the discipline and restraint practiced the less the harmony and compassion people experienced. Think to the Garden of Eden, a utopic society. Everything and everyone lived there in perfect harmony until someone forgot restraint. What does this have to do with today?

In our lives today we need to remember that sometimes discipline and restraint allows us to live in harmony and can be an act of compassion. By restraining from overspending we are able to save and could take exciting trips and stimulate the economy locally or globally. This spending allows someone else to have a job. However we should be display discipline and be responsible in our spending as to not promote sweat shop labor or other unfair labor practices. By doing this we promote a world that allows everyone to live a life in harmony and give the world compassion through the idea of tikkun olam (repairing the world). By practicing the discipline of meditation we work to keep our stress levels down and promote harmony in our body freeing us to be compassionate to others in our lives. The cycle goes on and on. The moral of the story is let's be good to each other and ourselves.

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