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Po Ve Sham – Here and There
“But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find Him” (Deut. 4:29)
Each one of us, out of his own position, seeks a life with meaning, with layers of depth and sacredness. Judaism deals with making meaning available, it provides us with sort of “binoculars” through which we can look at the world and experience these layers.
Regrettably, this opportunity sometimes gets missed through the struggle between here and there. There is a mistaken assumption that in order to experience or to participate one should change his world conceptions, leave his own “here” and adopt somebody else’s.
But you seek from there! Here and there are relative to each other, and it is wrong to assume that we should all be at the same position in order to experience meaning. Understanding the there, seeking and asking from there, is the key to relevant Judaism.
Your “here”, perhaps my “there”, is not wrong, it is yours and from there it is possible to experience, to deepen, to be moved, one should only ask.