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All or Nothing

A philosophy that just doesn't work.

Published: November 29, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 17

(17) Ann, October 7, 2013 7:11 PM

Wonderful!

This is especially helpful to me right now. I have a nonobservant background and have taken on some regular practices like not eating shellfish or pork, going to Torah study, lighting candles, etc. But I don't think it matters because G-d is so angry at at all trangressions or omissions.
This was very helpful!

(16) paul solon, December 20, 2008 1:21 PM

yes

As Socrates said, no act of kindness is meaningless. It is a good pt here by the Rabbi, he knows his stuff.

(15) Allie, December 16, 2008 5:42 PM

Agree 100%

I completely agree with this. I am not in a place in my life where I have a desire to be 100% observant. But that doesn't mean I have to eschew every aspect of Judaism. I do what I am able, and I think that's perfectly okay. To do all or nothing would mean I would do nothing, which I am not comfortable w/. Perhaps a better philosophy is to do all all we are able.

(14) SusanE, December 6, 2008 2:44 PM

A bunch of 10%'s Can Add up to 100%.

Hello Rabbi Salomon, Thank you for a timely video this week. In a previous article on Aish, I read about this very thing. It talked about mizvots and observance, and the ALL or Nothing concept. Before reading it, I thought in terms of black and white, ...everything was either wrong or right. I lived by, 'do something 100% or don't do it at all'. After much reading and asking questions on Aish, I finally realized how much of my life I have been drifting along, not doing anything. Your article this week will help many people to understand how they can give and be observant on many levels....it will inspire them to.. Do something! Do anything! Give a little or give a lot. Good advice Rabbi, thank you.

(13) Marty Birnbaum, December 6, 2008 9:03 AM

Preaching to the Choir

Too bad this brilliant video is geting to mostly those who already practice some form of Judaism. It's premise deserves to be seen by everyone. I intend to pass it along to some of my friends who are Jews in name only. Thank you Rabbi Salamon for sharing your wisdom with all of us. It helps me to understand what Hashem really asks of us.

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