Rabbi Yossi, Sharing Universal Life – Behar

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Serebryanski

Sharing Universal Life – Behar

When you see the Creator life force in everything and everyone, it is easy to generate love for everything and everyone. Some you love as an expression of being close to. There are those whom you love by keeping distance from them.

It is disturbing to hear and read about the many negative and destructive forces on the earth that have recently dominated the news. Yet all of this indicates massive new potentials for growth that can generate a new order and balance.

People now have new choices as to where they may focus, put their mental, spiritual and physical energies.

“The negative” is a veil for blessings that only come forth when there is something pushing from behind a hidden sheath. Generally we tend to capitalize on our inner potential only when the circumstances force it. We only seem to be motivated to take action when dire conditions exist.

The reality of the world around us, and its future, seems to be tenuous at best. Before we properly attempt to correct the situation, we must learn something. It is urgent to realize that we should go back to look at the essential nature of existence, as that will assist in restoring balance to the chaos that is happening around us.

Each thing and each “happening” has both a message and an opportunity for us. Although a given situation may appear to be grave, it is never too late to do something. We are often our own greatest enemy. External enemies are here as reminders to us that we have an internal adversary. When we take steps to deal with our internal issues, we will have triggered an opening for corrective movement to occur.

We are told (Proverbs 24:17) “When your enemy falls do not rejoice.” It is not proper to celebrate in the face of another person’s pain, problems or death. The fact that the person is an enemy does not denigrate his/her status of being a human being. As such, each person or group of persons has a physical and spiritual purpose in this existence. This is true of our enemies as well as of our friends.

Much of the problem is that people are overly attached to that which they should not be. The Jews are told that after they come to the land which is considered theirs, then (Leviticus 25:4) “In the seventh year no work should be done on the land.” The Talmud (Sanhedrin 39a) states, “This is in order that everyone is always aware that the land belongs to the Creator (the source of life that sustains all existence).”

There is a national public acknowledgement that the people do not own the land, it belongs to originator of it. It is a notification that one must not be overly attached to anything that they think is theirs by some right. This is a message that applies to the physical and the spiritual.

We see people who think they can do anything they want. They believe that anything they want belongs to them. In doing so they abuse whatever has been put into place for the purpose of protecting people.

We also see that there are people who know that nothing belongs to them. They understand that they have been given temporary permission to use that which they need of this earth. There are others who vacillate in between. They are not sure of what is theirs and what isn’t, and stumble along in their journey.

It is time to use wisdom and proper judgment when it comes to “share cropping” in the planet that has been entrusted to our care. When we demonstrate proper respect and love for the Creator we will be better able to determine responsible choices that indicate our acceptance of our abilities along with our limitations. The issues of control and power will dissipate as people unite in the peaceful pursuits that will result in our humble attempts to repair those things that we have been “breaking” for eons. As that occurs will we assume our small part in the greater universal partnership with our Creator – and will merge successfully to achieve our part in the great puzzle.

– Rabbi Yossi, 2011

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Serebryanski is known simply to his friends as “Rabbi Yossi.” Behind that simplicity lies a complexity of understanding and analysis of Torah and creation that brings joy and warmth to those who immerse themselves in his teachings.

A true friend and confidante to thousands of people who turn to him weekly for guidance and wisdom, Rabbi Yossi is renowned for his compassion and open heart to all who enter his scope.

In his professional career Rabbi Yossi is a teacher, lecturer, mashgiach, published author, spiritual healer, professional counselor and guide. In his daily life he is just Rabbi Yossi – a highly perceptual and loving friend to all.

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