People who are lazy and habitually procrastinate lose out in all areas of their life. They ignore their health. They don't take care of their financial obligations on time. They don't study when they should study. They waste a lot of time. They tend to be late to things.
The antidote is to become a person who consistently takes action with joyful enthusiam. You gain tremendously in all areas of your life when you make and reach goals, when you do what you say you will do, when you take care of things on time, and when others are counting on you. You gain spiritually and materially.
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I've been dating a man for the past six months and he says "it is time to get serious." I agree, except that we differ in how we define that. In my mind, "getting serious: means to talk about marriage. In his mind, it means getting intimate. I am starting to feel pressure to follow his lead. What do you think?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
Unlike other religions, Jewish religious leaders are not celibate. Judaism believes that intimacy is one of the highest forms of spiritual expression, and accepts the notion that God gave us this intense drive to direct in a positive manner.
In Jewish thought, physical intimacy contains within it the highest potential for spirituality. It is one of the greatest means a married couple is given to express holiness. Like any other means, however, its use depends completely on the expression given to it by the individuals involved. This union is like a canvas in the control of the artists – husband and wife – and the spiritual message they produce can be meaningless, or it can be a masterpiece.
The longing one has for intimacy is really an expression of the longing for completion, to be intimately joined with our "other half." Through this relationship, we express this by becoming bound together as one.
Through marriage, a man and woman are committed for a lifetime. They are totally given over to one another, and intimacy becomes a way of expressing and actualizing this total oneness.
Outside of marriage, relations are ultimately frustrating because "oneness" can never be fully achieved. This is obviously true in regard to a short-term encounter. But even in a long-term setting, without the commitment of marriage, there is always the option of leaving the relationship. As a result, the degree of connectedness reaches a barrier.
Naturally a person has to get to know the person they are going to marry by talking about life goals, personal preferences, etc. It is also important that the couple find each other physically attractive. But you don't have to sleep together for that.
Ironically, studies have shown that couples who lived together before marriage are more likely to get divorced early in marriage. There is a simple reason for this. When a man and woman live together, they approach their relationship very differently than they would as a married couple. Finances, personal interests, household chores, social lives, major decisions, minor decisions, resolving conflict, family and children, and expectations about the future are all dealt with from the perspective of two individuals who lack a common lifetime goal. When they get married, expectations often change, the rules are different, and the resulting tension is something that the couple may be unable to overcome.
Here's a list of "10 Reasons Not to Have Pre-Marital Relations":
1) It clouds one's objectivity. Pleasurable physical contact creates a bond: a physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual bond. You're already "committed" without focusing on important issues. Once the physical aspect takes off, you're so drawn in that you'll stay in the relationship even though you don't like the person. It becomes a relationship of convenience, not love. The real danger is in getting comfortable and then getting married.
2) It focuses away from developing communication in the relationship. Imagine that you have a little fight. Should we hug and make up in bed, or learn other non-physical ways of affection? Without the smoke-screen of physical intimacy, there will be a greater need to communicate verbally and emotionally.
3) It cheapens your self-worth. If you give intimacy to just anyone, you cheapen your sense of self. The more selective you are, the more valued you are.
4) It makes you prone to getting hurt. In pre-marital relations, a person is emotionally exposed and vulnerable. When they fail to receive the expected emotional reciprocation in return, the result is hurt. A marital commitment demonstrates that the man sees his wife as whole human being and not as an object of physical desire. Many women get confused about a man's intentions and are hurt when they later find out the truth afterwards. And they regret it.
5) You become cynical about relationships. Repeated hurt makes you stop believing that real commitment is possible. Remember your optimism about the "first one?" Now you will carry the baggage of shattered illusions into marriage.
6) You become desensitized to the special experience. What is the power of a hand-hold? A gentle kiss? We live in a society in which people treat sexuality casually. We have lost the sense of the specialness of intimate behavior by which people express their love. In Jewish consciousness, a married couple expresses the intimacy between them in a whole range of ways: The way they look at each other, the way they speak to each other, the way they behave in front of each other. If you use loving language for casual encounters, then when you want to use it later in marriage, it will ring hollow.
7) You will compare your spouse to others. After many partners, a person has experienced different physical features and activities. They now have a "composite picture" of the ultimate partner. But who will ever be able to match up to that fantasy? It is a primary rule in marriage: Don't ever compare your spouse to someone else (e.g. "My mother cooked it this way"). Since every experience stays in your subconscious, it will be that much harder to forge a total bond with your spouse.
8) The myth of sexual compatibility. Surprisingly, incompatibility is less likely when a couple has no experience to begin with. They each have a "clean slate" and are not comparing their spouse to a past lover. They can grow together in their intimacy, just as they grow together in their emotional and spiritual lives. Any initial "incompatibility" is usually just shyness or lack of familiarity. As the couple gets to know each other better – as trust grows – they become naturally compatible. Marital counselors say they have never seen a couple break up solely on the issue of relations. Problems of intimacy are merely a symptom of other problems.
9) It removes then incentive to commit. When you agree to pre-marital relations, you've already given away much of what you have to give. If one side is pressuring the other, by saying, "If you really loved me, you'd be intimate with me" you can respond: "If you really love me, you wouldn't pressure me."
10) You are attached for eternity. The verse in Genesis 39:10 speaks about a sexual relationship, and uses the words, "to sleep with her, to be with her." The Talmud (Sotah 3b) explains that "to sleep with her" refers to the intimate bond created by the experience – and "to be with her" refers to the afterlife. Intimacy creates a deep soul bond, and whether you are together for one night or a few years, you will experience that bond in the eternal spiritual world.
Finally, from the standpoint of Jewish law, Maimonides cites Deuteronomy 22:13 as a prohibition against pre-marital relations. (See also Leviticus 18:6.) Additionally, since single women do not immerse in the Mikveh, having pre-marital relations would involve another prohibition as discussed in Leviticus 18:19.
For a better understanding of what love is read this important article What is Love?
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"HASHEM shall take Judah as a Heritage to HIMSELF for his portion of the Holyland
and HE shall choose Jerusalem again."
HASHEM IS OUR LORD. Letting evil lord is not laudable.Confusion because of the complaints of the masses is not applaudable
When you step up to HIS mandated task, Rid Pharaoh's abusive confusing mask
When you walk in HIS Torah domain
Safeguard the Temple and in the Courtyard you remain
When you drive out the enemy, purify yourself, Kindle the Menorah, you merit HIS holy spiritual wealth
The Nation spent forty years in the wilderness
Suffered contamination and a residue of mess
The Nation was directed as tribes To move with the tekiah and terumah vibes The Trumphet blasts warn of distress But also for repentance to impress
The Nation was confused coming out of Egypt
They were awarded freedom with rules to conscript They became weary of a desert barren and scary They complained of scorpions, lack of meat and dairy. They were promised quail for commitment Still their departure from Egypt caused resentment
Mixed multitudes preferred Egyptian slavery
to pious individuality, laws of family purity.
Moses was vexed by leading the misled
Who with GOD-made manna didn't want to be fed They didn't trust Moses, their leader, liberator, lawmaker A Sanhedrin was formed by lots taken
The Menorah was a provision for HASHEM's vision
Purification by the Levites was an enlightening decision The complaints by the rebellious was a blight On the mission from HASHEM to lead them with HIS Torah light They marched to the Trumpet sound of tekiyah The Clouds of Glory led them on their aliyah As we light the Menorah of His nation from Mother Rachel 3600 years older Its light guides HIS people today by the victory of the Maccabees making them bolder The history of past sins is a lesson against devastation and ruin when deviating from the MASTER OF THEIR LEGIONS' tunes Judaism is a gift of a peaceful life for those who together choose the HOLY ONE Honor and respect of HASHEM is the foundation of the Jewish Kingdom of Jerusalem
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Everyone will say that [piety] is a major principle ... but why they do not study it is because it is so obvious and certain (Introduction to Path of the Just).
We take many things for granted. Is justice important? Of course! Is morality vital? Without a doubt! Are honesty and decency essential character traits? How can one even pose a question when the answer is so obvious?
In Path of the Just, a monumental work on ethics, Luzzato points out that some people exert a great deal of effort in order to try to gain greater understanding in various subjects, some of which are abstract and have little practical application, but they neglect investigating concepts which are important in everyday life. These people don't minimize the value of the latter; to the contrary, because these subjects are so important, everyone takes for granted that they understand them as well as they can figure two plus two equals four.
What is justice? What constitutes morality? What does it mean to be honest and decent? Who determines desirable values? To what degree is a particular trait commendable? In Luzzato's time, like today, these subjects were relegated to pundits in ivory towers who had nothing better to do than spend time analyzing and deliberating these "intangibles." People who were occupied in business, homemaking, labor, and professions had little time for such luxuries. Too many still think they don't.
Luzzato points out that unless we make a concerted effort to understand the values that we espouse, we may be grossly derelict without being aware of it.
Today I shall ... turn my attention to understanding those values that I consider important in proper living.