At some point in your evolution as a mother or father there has to be an awareness of self. You can not expect your child to be different from you at birth they copy everything you do. It is not until later that they shed what doesn’t work for them. You cannot have it both ways. .
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On the Parsha Ki Tavo. This parsha deals intensely with promises of pleasure and promises of pain. It speaks continuously of how to live a life properly and the fall-out that will happen if we don’t. It is a very strong canticle to the power of duality. I find in todays world there is a great deal of emphasis on the Oneness of things. Indeed, I write and meditate on this often. But this parsha is a tribute to the deep, deep duality of things. The Torah constantly reiterates this. Though the heart of the path is unity, yet there is no approaching except through a constant struggle and embracing of duality. Of making hard choices between this and that. The hard choices of being a human being: right or wrong; brave or cowardly; go forward or retreat. The need to make such choices is something we work hard on to teach our children. If we try and live a life of Oneness and spiritual unity without the embracing of duality and the choices that this necessitates, then we run the risk of disassociation. The very antithesis of Torah. For Torah is a path of earth and sky, fire and water. Of connection. I wish us all clarity in making our choices. Good shabbos.
I am so grateful my parents were connected to their Jewish roots. They knew nothing of the laws or observances, but instilled us with a strong identity. One of the most powerful truths is when it becomes clear that everything is in the Torah. It has all been done before, there is nothing new, and we can keep learning deeper on how to navigate this thing called life.
As human beings we love to feel united, but don’t want to disappear from ourselves and our roots. I respect everybody’s journey, we all have our own path, and it is very personal.