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(12) Joan Levin Sacks, February 16, 2012 3:23 AM

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(10) Philip M, January 19, 2012 9:09 PM

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Thank you R' Friedman! Looking forward to more vblogs! I miss learning with you in the Holy City.

(9) reuven, January 19, 2012 1:49 PM

Jews and others

I would answer that ideally that all humanity should be friends and care for one another; but the starting place is with those who are closest to you. We start with family and extend outwards. If one cannot relate well to those immediately in proximity, one is going to have trouble relating properly to those with whom has less connection. If we can love and respect our fellow Jews, we have a solid starting point for extending this love to all of humanity. Similar to the idea that if one does not love and respect him/her self, it will hamper having love and respect for others. Universalism is the ideal; but it must grow out of a particularism-a foundation upon which to build. Otherwise, if one reaches to high too soon, there is a danger of failure on the most fundemental level. (note the two paragraphs of the 'aleinu prayer).

stacy, December 16, 2013 8:16 AM

At opposites

I struggle to relate with....anyone (or maybe, everyone would be the better word as it seems that way at times.)However my family I especially have trouble with. We have not had good relations it seems like for all or must of my life. Then, or I should say 'now' it is my husband that I have difficulties relating with. I have suffered for I find it hard to relate. Relate, re-late, rel-ate..repeating this word over and over in my head, relate?...How do I relate to myself?
I am oppose myself. For sometime now I thought of G-d as just a line from which we enter into this existence, a means for 'all that is & is not' to expand it.s awareness and knowledge through us. I have had the belief that we create our own reality. We are given exactly what we think and believe ...I had changed a belief and did not realize that it happened. Not until now, while I listened to the other blog on the four meditations. Rabbi Gavriel, I had let go of the belief that G-d was in control and a power greater then my own...I used to think of myself as small, real small I felt this way in the core of my being. Yet something happened to change the thought that something else was in the driver-seat to this little person taking on the full responsibility for what happens to me. I feel re-awakened{{buzzing}} with the relation of relating with G-d as the driver. shew, what a re-lief. I feel blessed to have found this site. Thank you for your enlightening words video blog and Thanks to you reuven, I must now ask what fundamental levels and where may I 'note the two paragraphs of the 'aleinu prayer'? I am still trying to find 'my way' I thought I knew,i knew not.

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