Interesting speech by the Rabbi today in synagogue.
What stood out to me was when he talked about the Ten Commandments, particularly the 2nd set of five.
And how some people hear what they want to hear.
All of the 2nd five start with "Thou shalt not," but there are those people that only hear the part that comes after those words.
So for example: Thou shalt not kill...steal...commit adultery...lie...desire.
But not everyone listens to the "Thou shalt not" and instead they just hear--selectively:
- Commit adultery
If you take out the "Thou shalt nots," you are left with a list of terrible and evil deeds.
How convenient for those who are looking for the upper hand and pleasures in life--get rich quick, get and maintain power, take whatever and whomever you want and when you want it--no matter who it belongs to or how they feel.
Like the good angel and bad angel sitting over our shoulders and one says don't do the bad thing and the other encourages us to do!
Who you going to listen to?
Not everyone seems to care--they live for today and forget about tomorrow.
Yet every misdeed leaves a tarnish on our soul, while every good deed adds a merit.
And if there is no justice in the end then who the hell wants to be in such a world anyway. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)