The 3 pillars of the world and me

Monday, 18 October, 2021 - 11:45 am

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What does the world stand on? What was it created for? What role do we play?

“Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness.” (Ethics of the Fathers 1:2)

G-d created a world where He is not revealed, so that we reveal Him. So that we influence it and make it a place where G-d feels comfortable, “at home”.

How do we do it? There is no need for bombastic actions. We need to strengthen the three things on which the world relies:

1. Torah – study and teach it G-d’s wisdom.

2. Worship of G-d – there are many things that are included in this category, but it usually means prayer. Our personal relationship and communication with G-d.

3. Chesed, acts of kindness – solidarity and help to our friends but also to anyone in need.

It is customary in various gatherings, birthday parties, family or friends’ reunions to utilize the opportunity to strengthen these foundations of the world. Share an interesting thought about the Torah, say a short prayer and helping someone else, for instance, by putting a few coins in a Tzedakah box. It is not difficult, but it will strengthen our world and will make our gathering more meaningful and spiritual.

Good luck to us!


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