Monday, November 12, 2012
For My Thoughts are not Your Thoughts
This simple quote from the prophet Isaiah (55:8) is a very profound message to the people of the world. Human thought and human logic is flawed. We do not live according to Hashem’s reality but our own evaluation of each situation. There are concepts in this life that we think we know exactly what the truth is and how we should react to a situation. But, we find that the Torah advises us in a completely opposite direction and we are perplexed when our way fails. Hashem is running the show. His plans are what work. Our thoughts, as logical as they may be, are incorrect and in many cases, dangerous. One of the most glaring examples in history is assimilation. Throughout history, when we went into the countries of the non-Jew we often tried to blend in; act just like the local populous. But, we found them turning on us – discriminating against us and even killing us. Why? We were acting nice; we were friendly and in many ways contributing to their society. But, the Torah tells us to keep separated and do not do the ways of the nation. We are on this Earth “to be a light unto the nations,” to teach the world Hashem’s messages but to stay separate and not blend in. Why? When we assimilate, we go away from Hashem. We go away from doing the mitzvot – not keeping Kosher, not observing the Shabbos, not dressing properly, not educating our children and ourselves properly, etc, etc. Yes, it doesn’t seem logical but when Yaakov is studying Torah (and living Torah), Esav can’t touch (or kill him).
We also have a very distorted view of history believing the nonsensical interpretation of what the history books say. Many have argued that the Jews of Europe in the 1930’s were very religious and yet they suffered greatly. The fact is in Germany over 90% of Jews were assimilated and completely away from their Jewish heritage. Many had even converted to Xtianity in an effort to blend in. They were shocked at how their so-called dear friends and neighbors turned against them when the Nazis came. In other words, it happened as the Torah said, not as the human logic dictated. I grew up with Holocaust survivors who tried to stay Jewish in the face of danger. I remember one individual telling me that he knew exactly why he had spent four years in 13 different labor camps. He told me exactly where in the Torah it said so. But, he also told me stories about how he survived because he still had Hashem with him and how others didn’t survive because they were angry at Hashem. It is ironic to be angry at the One Who gives you the information on how to survive but you are angry because you ignore His advice.
The most profound story that I was told was by a very pleasant, observant Jew in Lakewood that I davened with. He was in Auschwitz and was actually led to the gas chamber along with about 200 other men. They were put in and locked in awaiting death. He started to chant the verse we say in Hallel: “The dead do not praise G-d, nor do those who go down into the silence of the grave.” They all joined in and repeated it to Hashem over and over again. How can we serve Hashem if we are dead was all they had in mind. Nothing happened. They waited 5 minutes, ten minutes, twenty minutes (my friend described it as an eternity). All of a sudden the door opened and the guards said “we need a work detail, everyone out.” My friend and all those who turned to Hashem that day survived as members of a labor camp that they were taken to. My friend had no doubt what had happened and spent the rest of his life in total service to Hashem.
Why am I telling you all this? We have received messages from Hashem in recent days through Moishela. Some of the information was not according to human logic; of course not, it was from Hashem. I have received an abundance of Emails and comments telling me how much these messages just don’t make sense or are undoable or are impractical. My Thoughts are not Your Thoughts applies here. Do you want information from Hashem that will work or is much more comfortable and will not work? I decided to post the comments received with the answers I gave. In every case the comment may seem totally logical but as you will see in my answer to the comment, I always try to answer the question: What is Hashem’s opinion about this? Read these with an open mind and realize that it is may not be the best answer that I can give but just the correct answer for your benefit. Don’t argue with success, just thank Hashem for the information.
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Posted by The Absolute Truth at 12:43 PM