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Emor- Is Judaism Relevant?

Friday, 4 May, 2018 - 12:02 pm

Is Torah still relevant? Does it have anything enlightening to share with a modern American Jew today occupied with creating a comfortable life for themselves and their family, advancing a career and saving up for a car upgrade?

I know, I know – Judaism certainly has answers to questions like when to light Shabbat candles, what makes a marshmallow Kosher and how to hang my Mezuzah. That's when you pick up the phone and call a Rabbi. But does Judaism contribute to my pursuit of finding happiness in life, becoming more successful at work and improving my communication skills?

In this week's Torah portion, Emor, we read about Shabbat. Here’s a quote from the intro to Shabbat: "Six days you may work and on the seventh day you shall rest". On the surface, this seems like a Mitzvah about Shabbat. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (The one for whom we celebrated yesterday on Lag Ba’omer), however, tells us to read it again. This is not only a Mitzvah to rest on Shabbat, but a Mitzvah to engage in work and productivity the other six days.

In other words: Torah wants me to be successful and live a happy and meaningful life.

If we incorporate time to study Torah's timeless wisdom, not only will we get a better idea on Jewish rituals like Shabbat, but we will likely live a happier, more productive life on the other six days too. Because your best interest is G-d's interests too!

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