Shabbat: Time Vs. Space

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called “Shabbat: Time Vs. Space.”

When we choose to keep the Sabbath, we mark a day of the week in time, where we reject all the worldly pursuits of space and materialism in lieu of recognizing that there is a higher power, G-d Almighty, and that as Ahmari says ‘everything else is ephemeral and passes away with time.’

What we do to make things holy in time rules over what we do purely physically in space, that nothing but G-d is timeless, and everything material reverts back to its origins and is gone from time as if it never even was. In the end, we need to live our lives with the forethought that the spirit goes to the everlasting afterlife, but the body goes to the physical grave.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Just Call It By My Name

People often give money for “charity” but then force the institutions to call the buildings or parts thereof by their donor’s names.

It a matter of Quid Pro Quo!

Just a few examples of naming after people:

Carnegie Hall

Rockefeller Center

Whitney Museum

If you call it by their names, then they feel like they are somebody!

Even the rich and mighty people know they are going to die, but they want to be remembered long after.

Everyone should say their names!

But honestly, it’s not only completely egotistical, but also idolatrous.

The wealth that G-d grants us is for us to live and do good in the world–not to glorify ourselves.

Having your name on a building, museum, hospital, university or stadium doesn’t demonstrate you’re charitableness as much as your narcissism and desire for some sort of immortality.

However, there is only one G-d and it’s by Him that we should give honor, credit, and thanks!

Giving charity is what you do because you can and it’s the right thing to help others, especially when you have an overabundance.

Donating to put your name in lights and on people’s tongues is nothing but self worship.

All building should be stripped of the names of these people.

Recognize and raise up G-d.  Man is just his servant. 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)