Truth is Beyond the Senses

If we visit a canyon and call into it, our voice will naturally reverberate around and return to us. Do we actually hear our voice? No, we are hearing the echoes of our voice. If we stand under the night sky and look up at the stars, are we actually seeing those stars? We are not seeing the stars; we are seeing light they’ve emitted perhaps millions of years ago. Our hearing and our seeing is misleading. When we look at the stars, we are seeing the reflection of something that happened millions of years ago. Are we looking into […]

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What Do I Know?

One of my teachers, Shlomo Carlebach, the singing rabbi, used to end his stories with the rhetorical question, “What do I know?” The teaching is God reigns over the chaos. The world is forever out of control in our limited understanding, because we don’t know. We look at the politics of the world today, and it is pretty crazy. Everything is complicated. In the story of Korach, the earth opened up beneath him and whole families associated with him went into this hole, even babies. Aren’t babies innocent? Maybe, and maybe not. Maybe, depending on past lives, there was something […]

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Netzach; Spiritual Endurance

One of the great wisdoms on the spiritual path is netzach, meaning spiritual endurance. It may seem trivial to compare spiritual endurance with long-distance running, but the truth is that when one is running a long-distance race, one must have a certain pace that supports its completion. One also has to have motivation, which is where the word faith comes in. Faith is not something to believe because someone said so. Faith is based direct experience. Once one experiences inner truth and the soul, then, even though one may not feel it in the moment, one has faith that the truth is there. […]

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