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What Is Love? - 5/19/17

What Is Love? - 5/19/17



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What Is Love?
Survival Of a Nation: May 24 @ 8PM
Зачем дарить жене цветы?
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What Is Love?
Love makes two into one, and one into two.
-Moshe ibn Ezra, Medieval Jewish Poet
To quote a great Greek-American baseball coach, if you don't know what you're looking for, you ain't gonna find it.
If you don't know what is love, you probably ain't gonna find that either.
Now that's a big problem. You see, all of us are looking for love. But
 not one of us can say what is love. No philosopher, no psychologist, no international committee of established authorities ever agreed upon any definition that tells us what love is.
You know how many books have been written on "What Is Love"? You think any of them answered the question?
So if we don't know what is love, from where on earth is love going to jump out at us?
It's not.
If it jumps out at you, it's an impostor. Same thing if you fall into it.
I've got a little story for you:
Hannah was a young woman seeking a young man. Her rabbi was working hard for her to make the right connections.
"What do you think of David X?" he asked.
"Nice guy," she replied. "Not my type."
"How about Ari. Have you gone out with Ari?"
"Oh, many times. We had a pleasant evening. That's about it. Not someone I could love. I don't even know if he knows what love is."
The rabbi gently chuckled. "You've been reading too many romance novels, Hannah. You're the one who no longer knows what is love."
"Sure I do!"
"You're waiting for a knight on a white horse. You're waiting for romance."
"If romance isn't love, then what is love?"
The rabbi sighed just so slightly. He sat back and let the atmosphere in the room clear a little. Then he spoke softly, like a father to a daughter.
"Let me tell you what is love," he said. His eyes moistened and sparkled a little. You could see he was thinking through his own life.
"Love is not something you find. Love is not something that finds you. Or something you fall into. If you know what is love, you don't fall for an easy romance.
"Love is when two people who care for one another make their lives together, build a home together, cry together, laugh together, weather the storms of life together, plow through their hardships and celebrate together . . .
". . . and then, one day, discover that life is unimaginable without the other person at their side."
A pause. Some quiet.
"Hannah," the rabbi leaned forward to break the silence.
"What is love? Create some. Then you'll know what is love."
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Lesson Three:
Where East Met West: The Chosen City of Jerusalem 
In the course of repulsing Jordanian aggression, Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem, including its Temple Mount and Western Wall, all of which holds utmost historical, cultural, and spiritual import to the Jewish nation. The return of these sites to Jewish hands triggered a global Jewish spiritual awakening. What is the history and significance of Jerusalem? What allure does it hold for its millions of annual visitors?
Зачем дарить жене цветы?
Р-н Аарон Мосс

Моя жена говорит, что есть традиция дарить супруге цветы перед Шаббатом. Правда ли это, и если да, то в чем смысл? К тому же, зачем дарить срезанные цветы, которые погибнут, а не горшечные растения?

Цветы бесполезны. Они непрактичны, временны, и это плохое вложение денег. Но именно в этом их сила. Вы покупаете их единственно по той причине, что они нравятся вашей жене. Вы делаете это только для нее.
Этим и определяется романтика - делать что-либо без пользы, просто чтобы выразить любовь. Цветы никому не нужны, они не будут рядом всегда, но они нравятся тому, кого вы любите, поэтому вы их покупаете.
Именно поэтому наши отношения со Всевышним так романтичны. Ему ничего не нужно от нас, людей, и мы не вечны. Но Ему бесконечно приятно, когда мы делаем мицву, действие, которое Он заповедал. И мы это делаем. Не ради того, что мы за это получим, и не из-за того, что Он что-либо получит от этого, но единственно потому, что Ему это приятно.
В тот момент, когда мы делаем что-то, не имеющее смысла для нас самих, но делающее счастливым любимого нами человека, мы выходим за рамки самих себя и соединяемся с кем-то другим.
Перестаньте думать о себе и подумайте о ней. В этом сила цветов.

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Lessons in Tanya, Vol. 1 [Тания для всех, часть 1, гл 1-5] 

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On a Lighter Note

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When he came to the question, "Have you ever been arrested?" he wrote, "No."
The next question, intended for people who had answered in the affirmative to the previous question, was "Why?"
The applicant answered it anyway: "Never got caught." - click on the picture


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