The Biblical View Of Man
From the Torah viewpoint humans are the goals and the purpose of the entire creation. Without the Torah perspective, there is no essential difference between a human and a donkey.
Someone looking at the world from a completely secular viewpoint has no basis for the value of man. On the philosophical level, man would have no more inherent worth than any other piece of matter.
Love Yehuda Lave
TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE."TIME". On his deathbed Alexander the Great summoned his generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:The best doctors should carry his coffin;The wealth he had accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the way to his burial; andHis hands should be left hanging outside the coffin for all to see. Surprised by these unusual requests, one of his generals asked Alexander to explain.Here is what he said:I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal;I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that the wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth.I want my hands to swing in the wind so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted - Time.Time is our most precious treasure because it is limited. We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time.When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. Our time is our life!The best present you can give your family and friends is your time.
May we all have the wisdom to give it.
May the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart find favor before You (Psalms 19:15).
Why must we verbalize prayer? Since God knows our innermost thoughts, why don't we just meditate? Furthermore, why should we pray at all? Since God knows what is best for us, we should just trust that He will provide that which we need.
Let us consider the second question first. We do not pray in order to inform God of anything, for indeed He knows our needs better than we do. We pray in order to make ourselves aware of our dependence upon God. We are always at risk of deluding ourselves that we have control of our destinies. We may think that what we do and what transpires are indeed cause and effect. We therefore need to be reminded frequently that except where the principle of moral free choice applies, our destinies are controlled by God.
Why verbalize prayer? Speech alone characterizes us as humans and distinguishes us from lower forms of life. Animals undoubtedly think and feel, but only humans can speak. As we stand before God, we need to remember that we are human, and that as humans our goals and behavior should have the dignity of humanity. If we only pray for our physical needs and welfare, we have not advanced beyond the animal stage, and we are then what science calls Homo sapiens - intellectual animals, but animals nevertheless. We need to remember that we are much more than Homo sapiens, for we can aspire to spiritual achievements and goals.
Today I shall ...
... think about the meaning of prayer and realize that I am a being who is capable of spirituality, and that while my physical life is dependent upon God, I am responsible for my spiritual development.
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