70 Faces to the Torah

How to Approach the 70 Faces to the Torah The Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 13:15) tells us that there are 70 faces to the Torah. What the Midrash want to tell us is, that we have 70 different ways to understand and interpret the Torah. We are not talking about...

What is Jewish Happiness

Every person wants to be a happy person, but it is not always so easy. We Jews even have an obligation, a positive commandment to be happy all the time “מצוה גדולה להיות בשמחה תמיד”. So, what is Jewish happiness and how can I achieve it? This is not a regular question that can be answered with a simple answer. What Jewish Happiness is can in a simple way be explained as the following: Every Jew have to understand with all his heart, soul and might that he is God´s servant (עבד השם). And to start this process we have to examine ourselves at a deep level and wholehearted except the extremely difficult challenge waiting for us. Often, we have to take help of professionals to do this, since very few of us are able to examine ourselves on such a deep level.

How to achieve Jewish Happiness

How to achieve Jewish Happiness is not the same for two people. Each and every one of us have our own personality and challenges, faith and what we are dealing with in our lives. And not two people have the same relationship to God. But in the end of the day we all want to understand on the deepest level possible that each of us is God´s servant (עבד השם) and that we can accept every challenge in life. In practice this is: We know that everything is for the best and we honestly understand that we have no reason to feel sorry for ourselves in any way. When we reach this level, we know we have achieved Jewish Happiness. Because this is the challenges that God have given to his Servant to overcome. But can every Jew achieve this goal?

Can every Jew achieve Jewish Happiness?

Every Jew have the possibility to achieve what we consider Jewish Happiness, but it doesn´t mean that this will actually happen. From above it looks so easy, but it is not. I assume that all observant Jews believe in God and his oneness, but that doesn´t mean that every Jew is able to open up his heart and pray to God when he needs it. it is one this to pray as we are obligated to do, but it is much more difficult to open up our hearts to God and ask for things that we need. It can be anything such as a job, health, children and much more.

But even if you can´t reach a complete stage of Jewish happiness it doesn´t mean that you can´t reach any at all. It is not all or nothing. We can only do our best and a bit more and always believe that we can do it and we can reach our goals.