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Who am I?

Thursday, 16 April, 2015 - 11:38 am

At some time or another, we have all tried to become a better person, grow in our business or spirituality or all of the above.

One of the challenges that we encounter when we are on a journey of growth is the “bump in the road”. When we hit a place on our journey that makes us question why we are taking this path. We may ask; why am I on this diet? Did I really commit to lighting Shabbat candles every week? These webinars are taking up so much time, is it worth it? With this amount of college debt, when will my degree pay off?

However, the most essential question that we ask is WHO AM I? Meaning, is this really me? Is this really what I want to do?

There are two parts of the human 1) their animal instincts (I want more free time, I want better food, I want more money) and 2) Their noble instincts (volunteerism, learning and intellectual stimulation, spiritual growth, self-refinement).

Now, while noble acts can be done for ignoble reasons like ego, honor and fame, in the end the good was done. When a person is on a journey and they hit a bump they should remember that growth is a two-step process: first step is to channel the animalistic instincts toward a nobler path (food to serve G-d, time to spend with family, money to support good causes) and the second step is to recreate the motivation of our actions to be altruistic and less egocentric.

To answer the question “who am I”? I am a noble person who needs to review step one and step two.

In Judaism we traditionally work on step two between Passover and Shavuot through the 7 week process of self-refinement called Sfiras HaOmer.

Learn more about it and get the new “Omer App” for your phone here.

Have a good week,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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