's Question of the Day

In preparation of Shavuot and receiving the Torah, share one of the most powerful ways Torah has impacted your life.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments (21)

(13) Jean-Victor Côté, June 10, 2019 6:53 PM

I believe that the help of good people around us is essential

Thanks Gershom. In my view, the oral Torah is necessary to prevent misinterpretation of the written Torah. This is why the newsletter is so precious to me. There are faults which had consequences which are described in the written Torah, but some faults and consequences are not described and have to be inferred. Only people who are making great efforts to come close to an ideal state can really fathom what truly happened in some cases. We have to be careful not to mistake faults for virtues because we are not enlightened enough.

Gershom, June 11, 2019 5:33 AM

It is wise - to know from ......

Jean-Victor - When accepting the "ORAL TORAH". It is wise - to know from whence the Oral Torah interpretation - is coming from.
Is it a Traditional ORTHODOX JEWISH RESPONSE - or is it coming from - other rationals - and or minhagim. Especially from - NON-JEWISH SOURCES - who are seeking to provide - revisionist interpretations - of their beliefs - which are against - the Torah G-D gave us.

(12) Tony, June 9, 2019 7:50 AM

Without Torah....

I would be wandering around this life in darkness. Torah gives absolute meaning to life. I thank G-d every day for Torah.

(11) Jean-Victor Côté, June 7, 2019 5:01 PM

Where does the fault lie?

Now I have the faults of people who lived millenia ago to ponder about and contend with in myself and others.

Gershom, June 10, 2019 5:11 AM

You - are not personally responsible for - ......

Jean-Victor - **YOU - are not personally responsible for - the faults - of people who lived millennia ago**. Don't - take on more than - what you may be personally responsible for.
At the worst - you may have to contend with - what G-D said in His Torah. That - He would visit the sins of the fathers and enemies - only onto - to the third and fourth generation. **Not millennia ago**. Remember - if your married - that may include the forefathers - of your spouse.

None of us - may ever know - exactly what our forefathers sins were - that G-D may be visiting on us.

However - knowing what G-D said in His Torah. WE - can - and should be asking G-D - especially when we are experiencing difficulties - or afflictions. Please G-D - what is it that my/our forefathers - and or I - have done that has caused me/us to be punished this way?
If - you will show me - I - will try to do Teshuvah - and make the appropriate changes in my life - and that of my family.

If you're also referring to Torah - cultural - and or minhagim - that have been passed down through your family - that are not correct. You can also ask G-D - to reveal the correct way - to keep His Torah Commandments and Laws.

By asking G-D for help - and making the corrections He shows us. We can also be performing a mitzvah - by teaching our children - and or others - what the truth is. So they don't pass on - to their descendants - anything for which - G-D - may visit their sins on their descendants.

(10) Shoshanna USA, June 7, 2019 1:46 PM


Torah has provided a paradigm for law, order, justice, and consequence.

(9) Gershom, June 7, 2019 1:08 PM

But this week - seemed extra long ......

I can’t think of - anything I did wrong. But this week - seemed extra long - as we moved along - with lifes’ throng. Then - suddenly here it is - the end of the week - all life’s vagaries - seem to have reached their peak.

Slowly and quietly - we prepare for our Shabbat rest - as we get dressed - in our best. It’s begun to be quiet in our home - for a much needed - Shabbat Shalom.

On Sunday we’ll also celebrate - that - on Passover - G-D - pulled us out of the Egyptian slavery hat. Then 50 days later - at Mount Sinai - He looked us all in the eye - and told us - there is not another g-d - but I.
And He gave us His Torah Commandments and Laws - while we waited below - in fear joy - and awe - and enjoying the traveling pause.

Chag S'Meah - to all - as we take time - to accept without flaws - G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws.

(8) chris langton, June 7, 2019 6:30 AM


The Torah taught me how to

(7) Susan Levitt, June 6, 2019 5:22 PM

To comment by Reuven Frank

Honestly I feel it is more simple than that. The book has been read the same way by every Jew for thousands of years. In my opinion it is in our DNA. Of course Torah affects our lives every day without us even thinking about it. It's just because it has been passed on from generation to generation for thousands of years. This of course is assuming you are born Jewish. Because there are so many souls out there who CHOOSE to be Jewish. I would like to find out more about that.

Gershom, June 7, 2019 11:12 AM

IF Jewish DNA ......

Susan - There are some things that don't ring true - with your comments. You Imply that - ALL JEWS - have read the Torah the same way - for thousands of years. The Torah - may have been read the same way - as TEXT. But - it has not been read - AND UNDERSTOOD - the same way - BY EVERY JEW - for thousands of years.
Why? - consider our history - through the Neviim. And - where did Xtianity come from? Also - even today - there are different denominations - Mizrahi - Conservative - Reform - Ecumenical - and down to the Reconstructionist Jews. Some of those - only consider the Torah - a NICE BOOK OF IDEAS - written by some men - long ago - more like - ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
If it was/is - truly in our DNA - and even then - its only considered partly - almost as an ethnicity - by DNA Grouping. DNA - is also - something we can't change - and there are those - who've received some Jewish DNA Grouping - in their DNA. But it's often mixed with many other DNA Groupings. That may be because - of those or our ancestors - who ASSIMILATED - EONS AGO. IF Jewish DNA were inherited. They should be still - tied spiritually - mentally and emotionally - to being and wanting to perform as - JEWS. Which hasn't happened.
But we know - even scientifically - that's not happened.
Torah - does have effects on not only Jewish lives - good and bad. But - Non-Jews are also affected - through what they call the "Old Testament". As well as - how they see the open Jew(s) - keep G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws.
Every soul - is made in G-D's image and likeness. Therefore - G-D - is still in touch with - that soul.
From my knowledge of converts - that I've known. When that SOUL - either seeks - or recognizes G-D's touch - on their soul. G-D - awakens a desire - within them - to become Jewish.
And I'm sure there are a myriad of other reasons - as well.
And WE - need to pray that - G-D - will reveal all His Torah Laws and Commandments - to ALL MANKIND.

(6) Reuven Frank, June 6, 2019 3:20 PM

It would take a book

It would take a book to tell how Torah has impacted my life.
I have considered writing such a book but that's not relevant here.

When I realized the truth of the Torah, I felt the obligation to live it and according to it.

From that point on, my life was about and involved with Torah.

It has affected me, my children and my grandchildren.
I expect it will impact my great-grandchildren and their children as well.

Torah has changed all these lives and continues to do so.

(5) Nancy, June 5, 2019 12:42 PM

Nothing else "works" the way Torah does

Lately I have been feeling very aggravated and alone. When I turn to the Torah's teachings, I feel better. There is always something of value that can help me get from point A to point B. I still have a ways to go until I unravel my particular issues, but Torah sure helps me in this regard! Perhaps some folks may think I am being selfish and self centered. Maybe that is true. However, Torah is so multi faceted, that I bet 10 people would give you 10 different answers to that question.

Gershom, June 5, 2019 7:04 PM

Because - it's about - YOU - ......

Nancy - Because - it's about - YOU - G-D and TORAH. You're entitled to be - a bit self centered - about your relationship with G-D - and His Torah - when you're seeking ways - to overcome a variety of issues in your relationship with Him.

We pray that - G-D - will guide you successfully - on your way.

Nancy, June 6, 2019 10:53 AM

To commenter Gershom

Thank you so much for your kind and helpful words. Chag Sameach!!

Raymond, June 6, 2019 1:22 PM

Ultimate Giver

Nancy, you say that you feel selfish and self-centered having the Torah benefit you personally. Be aware, though, that G-d created the universe in the first place because He is the Ultimate Giver, and wished to give of Himself to us human beings. G-d gave us life, which can be said to be the ultimate gift, but He also gave us the Torah, to help maximize the real pleasure we derive from living on this Earth. And it is just as important to be a good receiver of that good, as it is to do good. The fact that you appreciate G-d's Torah, is itself something very good, as it pleases G-d that He can give to you.

Nancy, June 6, 2019 6:31 PM

To commenter Raymond

Your perspective made me smile and gave me great comfort. Chag Sameach!!

Reuven Frank, June 7, 2019 4:09 AM


Amen to Gershom's comments and
Much success to you!

(4) Gershom, June 4, 2019 4:12 PM

Once I quit searching for - ......

In preparation of Shavuot and receiving the Torah, share one of the most powerful ways Torah has impacted your life.

Once I quit searching for - and listening to - outside philosophies - and false beliefs and teachings. And I read - studied - learned Torah. And I listened to - saw - and understood - what - G-D - was teaching me. And then - I accepted HIS Torah Laws And Commandments - wholly and complete.


(3) Stefano Bomben, June 4, 2019 3:22 PM

7 laws of Noach

I'm not Jew and the seven laws of Noach changed my life in reject idolatry.

(2) MESA, June 4, 2019 1:52 PM

1) My life has meaning and purpose.
2) I may be a woman and therefore different from a man, but I am no less worthy in Hashem's eyes.

(1) Raymond, June 4, 2019 1:34 PM

People of the Book

I think that the Torah has impacted my life in two chief ways. One is, that it has played such a major role in making me feel proud to be Jewish. After all, our Torah is the single most influential, best-selling, respected, well-known, universally quoted book ever written...and it comes from us. We Jews, making up far less than 1% of the world's population, so often close to total extinction, yet having such a huge impact on the world, is both incredible and makes me feel good to be a Jew. And secondly, the Torah is not only all those things I just mentioned, but is a book to be reckoned with, to be taken quite seriously as a book of Absolute Truth, as the Word of G-d, as our guide for life. Thanks to our Torah, one does not have to wait until one gets old to be wise. One can become wise by carefully studying that book. Part of what is so remarkable about that book, is that no matter how ancient it is, that it seems to become even more relevant as we march through time, to the point that it can be said to be a guide for our future. Perhaps Ben Bag Bag the great Torah sage put it best when he said of the Torah, "Turn it and turn it again, for all is in it. See through it. Grow old and worn in it. Do not budge from it, for there is nothing that works better than it (Chapters of the Fathers 5:22).


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