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Stuck?

Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 5:07 pm

 Do you ever feel stuck? Do you ever feel unable to take a step forward or back? Do you sometimes think “where am I going?”

From time to time we all go through such experiences. A time when problems take on a life of their own and the more we try to fix them, the more we feel we are getting nowhere.

What should we do at that point?

First and foremost we need to stop and listen. We need to tap into our souls and listen to it. Listen to the first message G-d gave to Avraham “lech lecha me'artsecha u’mimoladetecha u’mibeyt avicha el ha'aretz asher ar'eka” Genesis 12:1 "Go to yourself, away from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you.

L“Lech Lecha - Go to yourself 
Who are you in your essence? Recognize the real you

me'artsecha –away from your land 
Don’t let you physical “earthly” pleasures be a drug that doesn’t let you sense your spiritual and G-dly side.

u’mimoladetecha - from your birthplace 
Don’t do what you do because “this is the tradition I grew up with”. Own the mitzvot and traditions you do, don’t limit them to rote and habit.

u’mibeyt avicha- and from your father's house (Father inKabbalah refers to wisdom
Stop rationalizing why you can’t (too busy, too many other commitments, I’m not observant enough, I’m too observant, my spouse isn’t Jewish, I’m an atheist etc.) and just try it out. (See upcoming events here )

After following these steps you will arrive to

ha'aretz asher ar'eka - the land that I will show you 
G-d will direct us to a land where our essence will be revealed, where we can be our true selves, a land where our spirituality will shine.

At that point we won’t be stuck anymore; we will be on the move in the right direction.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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