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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Holy 'trivialities'

By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo




Some mock it as 'pots and pans Judaism' — the all-encompassing minutiae that forms the observant lifestyle. A leading Jewish thinker weighs in


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Judaism is a religion of holy trivialities. Commonplace deeds are the moments through which man has the opportunity to meet G0d more intensively than at any other instant.


Trivialities were created by G0d in order to show man that there are no insignificant moments and that man's every move, however small, counts.


It is G0d's opportunity to show man that He is concerned with every day of man's life and that every second counts. To meet G0d in the synagogue, or in a moment of devotion on Sabbath or Yom Kippur is not the ultimate goal. The goal is to discover G0d in the mundane, in a moment of boredom and turn these experiences around into an encounter with the holy.



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To see holiness in the profane is the art. It is a divine gift whereby man receives the opportunity of feeling a great passion for G0d's world while being busy with the average — as if he hears great music behind the lack of a tune.


This is the great gift of the Halacha, Jewish Law.

  • To turn everything into a moment of eternity.

  • To do the finite and to discover the infinite.

  • To match the material with the holy.

  • To reveal G0d's concern with man by calling on man to leave the world of the average and turn a simple deed into a moment of Divine revelation.

  • To discover Sinai in every corner of human existence.

As such, Halacha is a protest in which the trivial is redeemed through the adding of holy sparks onto the average.


Because of its demanding voice to make every moment and deed holy, Halacha protects us from waiting for spontaneity. Nothing is more dangerous to religious life than just waiting for the moment of great religious fervor that often absents itself for long periods. Our souls would stay utterly silent for long periods if not for the Halacha creating a routine of wake up calls.


It teaches us an important lesson: It is not the goal but also the road to the goal that needs to be sanctified. We may not be able to reach our destination so fast but we must ensure that we are on the correct road.


Scientists dedicate their life to the smallest properties of animal life. They are fascinated with the properties of a cell, the habits of an insect or the peculiarities of the DNA code. It is the detail that fascinates them, not the general. So do the great Halachic authorities tremble over the smallest fractions of human life. They look for the properties of every human move and try to discover the divine breath in the smallest detail.


Nothing is small enough to escape their attention. Just like many a cynic may consider the scientist to be guilty of self-torture when sitting for months behind his microscope watching a cell move, so the irreligious may not understand why the religious man will worry about which blessing is the appropriate one for a certain kind of food.


But for the scientist and the observant Jew this may very well be one of the greatest moments in their lives. The unraveling of a minor item and knowing how to respond to it and in that way turning the average and the common into a great encounter with the Infinite is one of the great privileges of mankind.


Only then is man able to claim that he really lives.

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JWR contributor Rabbi Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a world-renowned lecturer and ambassador for Judaism, the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Sephardic Heritage.

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