“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was barren and desolate…” (Genesis 1:1-2).
R’ Menachem Mendel of Kotzk taught that if a person is truly in touch with the reality that G-d created everything that exists – they understand that earthly concerns are not all that they are usually cracked up to be. Compared to more important matters, they are really quite empty.
Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski draws our attention to King Solomon’s lament: Futility of futilities, all is futile. What profit does man have for all his labors which he toils beneath the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3). That which is ‘under the sun’ – earthly, material obsessions – are futile. But that which is above the sun – heavenly, spiritual matters – are of vital importance.
By Rabbi Michael Skobac
Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Skobac's publications include Missionary Impossible; Counter-Missionary Survival Guide; The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspetive; and Intermarriage: Is There Ligth at teh End of the Tunnel?
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