One G-d, Many Stories

So we went to the mall and there was a new Indian gift store.


We went in to take a look, and they had all sorts of things, but one section had a lot of colorful statues. 


We didn’t even really know what we were looking at when one of the young lady salespeople came over to explain. 


And she’s pointing to different statues and saying that this is the “G-d of love,” this is the “G-d of prosperity,” this is the “G-d for removing obstacles,” etc. 


I said to her questioningly (non-judgmental), “So we are Jews, and we believe in monotheism. How do you understand this concept of different ‘G-ds’?”


She said, “Well, I learned about these growing up in India, but the way I’ve come to terms with this is that these “G-ds” are really different ‘faces’ of one G-d” and then she started to tell us the “stories” of them. 


So in her explanation, when they are confronting challenges in life, they pray to the “face of G-d” that focuses on removing those obstacles, and when they are seeking prosperity then they pray to that “face of G-d” so on and so forth. 


It was interesting to me how this young lady came to find a monotheistic interpretation and path for herself and perhaps others who have similar beliefs.  


I wondered to myself whether this understanding can be in a way be similar to the Jewish concept of G-d having different attributes like midat Rachamin, din, etc. 


Of course, I know that G-d loves all of us, and I respect everyone’s personal beliefs.


For me and my traditional Jewish belief system, I wholeheartedly affirm as my namesake Abraham:

Sh’ma Yis’rael, Hashem Elo’kenu, Hashem Echad.
Hear O’ Israel, the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is one.  

 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Moshe Shalom)

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Israel vs. The Enemies of G-d

This is such a fantastic video.

 

The amazing story of David vs. Goliath.


Where faith in G-d overcomes the enemies of G-d.


Today, Israel is once again fulfilling the prophecy.


We are living in miraculous times.


Where the final redemption is upon us.


All will recognize G-d Almighty. 


Good will prevail over evil. 


And peace will reign on Earth. 😉

East Meets West In The Holy Land

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, Israel, Where East Meets West

The modern State of Israel is truly the embodiment of this oneness and this diversity. The Jewish Nation-State Law embodies this concept where Israel is defined as the national homeland for the Jewish People, yet it is democratic, open and welcoming to everyone. For Jewish people, there are Ashkenazi Jews and there are Sephardi Jews. And at the same time, there are people of faith, Christians, Muslims, Druze, and others from all over the globe.

Hope you enjoy.   

(Photo credit: Andy Blumenthal)

Until My Last Breath

The Shema Yisrael.

Hear O’ Israel. The L-rd our G-d. The L-rd is one.


The most sacred and fundamental of prayers in Judaism. 


Declaring our monotheistic belief and faith in the One Above who has created and sustains us daily. 


These are words we call out from the depths of our heart and soul–in joy, in suffering, in life, and ultimately as we leave this world.


No one can take this from us. 


Only G-d decrees who shall live and who shall die…who shall be exalted and who shall be made low. 

Hear O’ Israel.
The L-rd our G-d.
The L-rd is one. 

Everything is life is given true perspective by this.


People may rise against us and situations may look dire.


But in the realm of G-d, these are all fleeting like the dust that blows in the wind. 


So too shall G-d remove our troubles and bring us comfort. 


It is a test; it is all a test–remember, Hear O’ Israel–and pass it with flying colors. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Greatest Museum of Them All

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So the greatest museum of them all is scheduled to open in just 3 months!


The Museum of the Bible.


Right here in Washington, D.C.–a few blocks from the Capitol. 


There is a wonderful video on their website


It’s 430,000 square feet and 8 stories floors. 


With two 40-feet-high bronze doors that look like the Ten Commandments. 


And an overall tall and narrow shape with a curved roof that reminds me of Noah’s Ark.


It encompasses: 


Religion.


History.


Art. 


It all comes together here. 


There is an interesting display of all the different versions of the Bible.


But what it all points to is how similar we all really are. 


The emergence of faith in The One G-d who created us all–his children–and the foundation in the words of His book. 


Yes, we share in common much more than what separates us. 


If we can just see ourselves in His eyes and be the people we can be and were meant to be. 


The museum should be an inspiration to be better, to be brothers, to have peace, to partner and progress to the future.


With our faith sustaining us, and the Bible and our conscience as our guides, we can overcome. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Purim Prayer

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Tonight is Purim and it’s a holiday of joy and celebration. 


It commemorates when the Jews where saved from Destruction by the Persian Empire and the evil Haman as told in the Megillah Esther.


So on Purim, we dress up and make fun and it this vein of humor that I post this sign about religions of the world. 


– Taoism:  Sh*t happens.


– Buddhism: If sh*t happens, it really isn’t sh*t.


– Hinduism: This sh*t has happened before.


– Islam: If sh*t happens, it is the will of Allah. 


– Catholicism: Sh*t happens because you deserve it.


– Protestantism: Work harder or sh*t will happen.


– Judaism: Why does this sh*t always happen to us?


It’s funny how each religion of the world has a perspective on life. 


Are we all so really different?  


Maybe we have more in common than not.


The hope and prayer is that the true evil Hamans out there utterly perish, and that for all good and decent people–whatever your religion and perspective in this world–may we all get along as loving brothers and sisters, and let there be true peace for all of us! 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to RamblingsDC)