Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Know Him in all your ways

There are three ways of connecting to God:

Fulfilling mitzvot (commandments) such as observing Shabbat, visiting the sick, giving a tenth of one's income to charity, praying, etc. The word mitzvah, cognate with the word Tzavta - connection - indicates this.

Engaging in mundane activities for the sake of Heaven. For example, working in order to afford fulfilment of mitzvot or eating in order to provide oneself with the energy to study Torah and to serve God. In this instance the mundane activity is a means to serving God.

'Knowing God in all one's ways'. This involves perceiving, experiencing, and expressing the Divine in what is normally viewed as a mundane activity; when painting, shopping, or skateboarding...  

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