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July 4, 2012 2:38 AM
there is a book called tanya where it teaches you the whole meaning of why we are here in this world in suc a beautiful manner. you can search you childrens questuons online and write it as biased on chassidus. you would have very good and meaningfull answers to give over to your children
July 15, 2012 5:04 PM
Mesillat Yesharim (Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto): Chapter one. Without getting into Esoteric Chassidus get the basics from the Messillat Yesharim first.
June 27, 2012 6:01 AM
True pondering by 5yr olds too
I can actually relate. Altho my 7yr old boy never really asked questions the way my 5yr old has and still does, they both ponder this same question. They not only asked this question once but ask it often too. The first time did catch me off guard. It brought me back to that age and how I thought about Gd yet I was completely attached to Gd since then. I do tell my kids that they r on earth to help other people and to do great things in their life to serve in this world. And they still ask but how and why they even exist, what was before they existed and what woulda happened if they didnt exist, i mean sometimes i wonder if all these and more of these ongoing questions are normal. Im just glad I can confirm Gd to them so they r solid in their own life and experience certainty of who Gd is for them and the world they live in. Its not a simple question but I think its a wise one that parents have a duty to teach their kids truth about GD!
July 9, 2013 8:18 PM
Heres a few...
Why do we exist?
We exist for the purpose of our soul. The point of humanity is the purpose of our existence. If we would not exist. The chapters of our lives will never turn. The meaning our our creation is the meaning of everything.
Who is G-D?
Mashel: Lets say I own a Car Shop, I sell and develop the motors for my cars. My brain needs to be smarter than the actual motor, or else it can't exist. So to Hashem, he created us, therefore we are unable to know him physically.
He created us, he is smarter than us, he runs us. When we are finished in this world, he brings down his hand and brings us up with his warm hand.
INFACT: You-everybody can let your kids know, and even you! That in order for us to be in this world we need to fight for it. There are 100's of neshamos which are "fighting" to get here. your existence is so special since you fought, and you were the strongest among the others.
June 26, 2012 7:39 AM
It mentions in mesilas yesharim, the path of the just, that G-d wants to give us pleasure, and so He gave us Torah and mitzvos here, so we can earn pleasure in the next world.
sidenote, by learning and practicing, we bring light and blessing to the world also
June 25, 2012 4:57 PM
The main purpose of the entire world is to allow Hashem to dwell in this world - with the coming of Moshiach. Hashem placed humans in the world for they are the only creation that can prepare the world for His coming. Each Mitzvah that we do brings Hashem closer until we do enough Mitzvos that Hashem will bring His entire being into this world, the upper and lower worlds with intermingle, Ruchnius will be revealed as Gashmius is to us now, and we will have Techias Hamaisim.
Hashem wants to dwell in this world. In the past, He has been greatly revealed in this world but the more sins of the generations, the further away He gets pushed. The generation of Adam and Chava had Hashem fully residing in this world but with their sin at the Eitz HaDaas, Hashem's presence began to lift from the world. Followed by the sins of Kayin towards Hevel, and the generations to follow up, their sins conjoined lifted Hashem's presence. Through the generations of Avraham, Yitzchok, Yaakov, Yosef, Moshe, etc. They drew Hashem's presence back through their various Mitzvos, which led to the generations of Dovid and Shlomo Hamelech whom have built the Bais Hamikdash, the resting place of Hashem. Ever since the destruction of the Bais Hamikdash, Hashem's presence wishes to return to this world, but He needs the people, the Jewish people, to create the ultimate dwelling place for Him - during Moshiach's times.
In short: The reason why G-d put us here is so that we can make the world fit for Him to live in it.
June 30, 2012 2:04 PM
If one believes what you say then there ain't much hope of G-d ever comming here.
June 25, 2012 4:31 AM
GOD LOVES US
I would say that God loves us and he created a beautiful world full of many pleasures for us to benefit from but if undeserved you can get sick of too much candy!! So he created this world for us to work like to get some money so we can go back up to heaven and enjoy the wonderful world that God created for our benefit and pleasure without feeling guilty, undeserving, or needy. But there is definitely a lot more to this answer and to this topic and that's why parents should be the ones answering their children so they can give them bit by bit of information over time.
June 24, 2012 10:09 AM
Brilliant, funny and right on target!
Funny as it is, the little girl asks the questions we never ask ourselves, but certainly should. The first chapter of the book Mesilas Yesharim gives us the answers which we should all know. Well done AISH for delivering this reminder in such a hilarious manner!
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