Inner World - Defining One’s Role In Life
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By Akiva on August 25, 2009 -- 4:35am

This lecture begins with the statement “It is possible that the subject that we are about to discuss is the most important thing that you will ever hear.”  This pronouncement should be taken seriously. 

The lecture explains that each individual person, and each Jew has a unique role to play in life.  It then explains how to go about defining your particular role.  This is essentially the work of identifying one’s unique abilities, talents, interests, emotional make-up, etc. which are the “tools” bestowed on each person.  The combination of these tools define each person’s particular activity and therefore his or her path.

Rabbi Tatz explains that once each person has identified his or her unique qualities and thereby “discovered who you are then every single second of the rest of your life should be dedicated to becoming the world’s greatest master of the constellation of features that you’ve discovered.” 

There are many lessons within the overall lecture.  For example the difference between optimal Jewish education vesus non-Jewish education systems, and universal truths brought down by various Rabbanim.

Some listeners want to learn more about practical aspects of defining one’s unique tools in order to identify his or her path. One place to gain a little practical insight is Rabbi Simon Jacobson’s site called “A Meaningful Life.”  By hashgacha pratit (divine intervention) I read his piece on the Torah portion Re’eh and therein he linked to two of his own articles detailing the process of developing personal mission statements.  They are in his archives, available on line, and they are entitled “Noach:  The Journey Begins” and “Lecha Lecha:  Are You Your own Worst Enemy.”

By Joy Chava Young on October 7, 2009 -- 4:38am

Please, take into consideration that in todays world, many women attempt to live like men in the west.  As a woman, I also connected to the story of endless immaturity.  However, there is, in women, Thank G-d, a constant built-in reminder, as the Rabbi said, that time does pass us by.  Therefore, it is best not to deny time’s existence as human beings.  It is best to allow time to be part of the process and settle down smile

By Adam Redwine on April 28, 2010 -- 6:25am

Though I do not have any supernatural beliefs, the rabbi’s statement about rewarding children for doing good deeds as well as spelling is exactly why I do not accept the atheist line about all religion being bad.  That is a fundamentally good position that I feel is largely a result of religious teaching.

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