This weekend has given me exactly what I needed

sefer torah

Whenever a new Torah is written, there is a huge celebration and it is like a wedding. If you look closely in the picture, there is a Chuppah, which is exactly how a bride and groom say their vows, under this beautiful, holy tradition.

Today we participated in this happy celebration with my family. Police were stopping traffic when the street had to be crossed, there was live music and dancing, and my kids got to see Jewish people rejoicing openly in the streets.

Earlier this week I had an interview with a client that did not work out. I am always grateful when I am fully myself, and someone does not click with that. I feel a big relief that my energy will not be wasted or misunderstood. Then today I got word that the interview that I had last night was a success. So excited to support families that are ready to feel, be empowered, face themselves, and go on the ride of their life.

The party above I had heard about a few weeks ago and made a mental note that I really wanted to come with my kids. Yesterday my husband told me that a friend of his had just told him the exact details of this same event.

The universe, God, the Law of Attraction,

I am taken care of,

Thank God!

Enjoy the lessons of my favorite Parsha, Jewish wisdom, below,

Coach Yulia

So interesting, never thought about this. Envy is not one of my character traits. I have always been happy for the successes and joys of my friends. Of course I would like more, but my mind never goes to, “why do they have that and I don’t?“ I am intrinsically aware that what comes to me is meant for me and what comes to you is meant for you. Long before I became observant, I felt this way. What makes this so interesting to me is that this is my Hebrew birthday parsha.

The last of the ten commandments is “Don’t envy.” Rav Hirsch (19th century, Germany) points out that the Ten Commandments make a progression from thought (the first two) to speech and action (the next seven), culminating with our inner desires and feelings (the last one). He points out that all our religious beliefs can be worthless if they don’t empower us to control ourselves in the face of temptation. As long as religion only aims at the letter of the law — at the appearance of correctness — without helping us develop an inner conviction of the soul, we are liable to make major mistakes. That’s one of the reasons why the mitzvah of “Don’t envy” is in the Ten Commandments. The Torah can help us refine our character to become not only people who don’t do something wrong, but people who cannot do something wrong. The Torah serves to guide us toward becoming better people who are too big to even think badly about others, empowering us to want good for others and to live a life of true blessing, where our external actions and our internal beings are in unison with one another.

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Jawary

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