Men in Power

Men in Power




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(9) andrew, October 4, 2008 7:06 PM

men in power

lori you are wonderful you are teaching me a lot it makes me really think that the creator is the one really running the show by listenning to you gives me lots of wisdom and i am seeking for wisdom thank you one more time keep up to your good work.

(8) Elana, July 31, 2008 10:53 AM

First do then listen

This is in response to Ruth who says in her comment that doing the routine is wrong. I am not so religious, but I admit that that is me. I will not say that the routine is wrong. The basic shema states that first you must do (the routine) and then you will listen (try to find out why you are doing it). In my opinion, and I believe what you, Ruth, feel, is that many are stuck in the routine phase. The routine is important, but people then must try to understand why they are doing their routines.

(7) Anonymous, July 29, 2008 8:43 PM

Woman can be as arrogrant as men

I've worked with many woman who have have simialiar qualities as men. Powers corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This saying applys to both men and woman

(6) ruth housman, July 29, 2008 5:46 PM

arrogance

It's important to discuss arrogance and what makes people this way. Why? Because I think true humility is where "it's at" in terms of reverencing all life and being open to each other. We are not God and yet we have divinity within. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Sadly, I have met so many rabbis, male rabbis, who are totally arrogant, and this is why I don't go to them because I have learned they think they "know it all" and they are terrible listeners and totally lack humility. Rabbis, so many, especially don't like to hear a woman who has something deep and sensitive to communicate. So how is all this prayer helping to make them less arrogant?

I find we need to look at this, what is rote and robotic, and what is "real".
So many I have perceived feel that to follow the routine, what must be done, is somehow fulfilling a commandment. I am saying, NO, that's so wrong. To fulfill a commandment is to understand why one is doing something and to work on this because truly, this does need work. We all fall down, and that's to teach humility, and this is a deep lesson for us all, especially those who are given the "mantle" of somehow being closer to God.

(5) Ira, July 29, 2008 11:28 AM

A man's yetzer hara must be constantly kept in check

A man's yetzer hara is very strong and potent and it must be constantly kept in check. Hashem's kindness does that.

(4) Feigele, July 29, 2008 11:09 AM

Look into the Mirror!

From all times, Men were in charge (after G..d) of providing for their family. Successful or not, they have accumulated thru those years a sens of great value and responsibilities about themselves, I believe well deserved too. (I am a woman). Not everyone prays 1, 2 or 3 times a day, but maybe if those men would stop few minutes each day and look at themselves in a mirror and maybe think, who am I? what am I? it would maybe put their feelings of greatness in perspective!
Can a surgeon stop being arrogant when he's doing G..d's work, if that helps him getting thru the day?
Take Bill Gates, Mircrosoft, this man is like a Saint, there is not one thread of arrogance on his face, and his generosity towards mankind is with no limits.
For some, arrogance is the fuel that keeps them going but they should be reminded of their true value, which should not be called "arrogance" but bravery in facing every days' tasks.

(3) Anonymous, July 29, 2008 7:52 AM

Yashakoach! A beautiful summary. I once heard someone quote that H-shem's banner for arrogance is "...for he who is arrogant of heart, and I, there is not room under the same heaven..." G-d withdraws from places of arrogance.

Enjoy your weekly presentations.

Yehudah

(2) Anonymous, July 27, 2008 8:30 PM

Good reminders

We men have a unique manner of being full of ourselves. As limited as we are, daily measuring ourselves against the Eternal helps us remain humble and contain our self-importance. Your words travel further than you may know, but as far as you intend.

(1) Rosen, July 27, 2008 3:36 PM

money shapes attitude

I have reason to see that money potentially shapes attitude. It either will or won't make you happy, depending on how one invests in it for his/her own needs and that of tzedekah.

Money can sure put people in some legal troubles such as the owners of mega-Churches who rake in millions of dollars because they assume that G-d wants them to be rich, and it seems that they give little, if any, to the poor and impoverished. This is what the US House Financial Committee is looking into. I never hear of synagogues getting suspected for embezzling millions of dollars, because the Tanakh teaches the discipline of giving at least 10% of one's net income to charity. I don't know if Christian theology follows this rule of thumb.

As for me, as a man, I try to be relatively frugal with my money when it comes to investing it for saving and retirement, spending on basic needs as needed, and sparing more than 10% for tzedekah. I don't usually try to think I'm better than certain people, but sometimes I feel I am more fortunate than others. Is there a difference between feeling that one is better than others and one feeling more fortunate than others? Even when I do feel more fortunate than others, then I do place empathy on those less fortunate than me, because there is a chance something like that what has just happened to them either could or has happened to me, so I'm trying not to take my luck for granted. Life is a roller coaster of good and bad moments, often yoked by emotion.

 

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