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I'm Good Without G-d

Thursday, 18 April, 2013 - 8:00 am


Dear Rabbi,

I wanted to ask you a question. I am not religious and I do not believe in G-D! I am a good person, honest in my business, a good husband and I volunteer.

What does G-D have to offer me that I don’t have already?

The skeptic


Dear skeptic,

You are a good person. The question is, WHY are you a good person? WHY are you honest in your business dealings? Is it because it is the societal norm?

When someone does a good deed, for example giving money to a needy family, why do they give it? Is it because it helps that specific person or because it makes the world a place where kindness is shared.

The famous ‘yiddishe mama’ tells her children: “finish your dinner, the kids in Africa are starving”. The children’s reaction: finishing my dinner won’t help the kids in Africa!

What does a relationship with G-d achieve? It adds meaning to the good that you do. By way of example; when an employee in a car factory, who has the job of connecting the brake pedal to the brake pads, sees himself as part of the car creation process, then he takes pride in his job. If not, then he can (and probably will) not hold himself up to the quality that his employer wants and may be the cause of an accident. When we do a good deed and see ourselves as part of G-d’s master plan, we realize that my good deed, in Bel Air, actually affects the hungry child in Africa. It is no longer an independent good deed, but one of the many good deeds that make this world into a better place.

 Have a great Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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