These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem


Posted on December 30, 2010 by Mosheh

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V’ahavta et Hashem elochecha!* How do you command love? Can you command love? Yes, actually you can. The command, however, is to listen (Shema!), and thus form a relationship. Have you ever really listened? I mean really, really, really listened? Have you ever really listened, really heard someone’s heart of hearts and not fallen in love?

So this is what we’re being asked to do – take the time to listen and build a relatoinship with the Divine. Once you listen, and you feel G-d listening back, you will naturally be, with all your hearts, soul, and might, in love! May we all be blessed with the chutzpa to do so!

*inspired by a shiur klali by Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Landes and Heschel’s “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity”