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Unfulfilled Spirituality - Eikev

Last Friday night, I had a scenario that I would like to share. Shabbos came in, and I went to a shul to participate in welcoming Shabbos through prayer. While physically sitting in front of a siddur, I could not focus on davening. During the week, I had a lot on my mind. It was the last few days of my college semester; work had been hectic, I had just moved to a new neighborhood, and I was thinking about content for my spirituality group. These combined elements made focusing on the activity in front of me tricky. To the point that when everyone stood up for Shemona Esrei, I was so deep in thought that I didn't realize it. This situation made me unsettled throughout the week because while everyone connected to Hashem, I thought about other stuff.

Moshe continued his address to the Jewish people in this week's Parsha. He promised that when the Jewish people fulfilled their commandments. They would merit to prosper in the lands of Eretz Yisrael.

I brought up my thoughts in my spirituality discussion group, and we came up with the following conclusion. Every person has an individualized spiritual journey through life. For one person connecting to Hashem is through showing up to shul and thinking about spirituality. For others, it might be keeping Shabbos besides listening to music (staying healthy and keeping the voices from being strong). The lesson I took from this was no matter what little I do to connect with Hashem. It is still a connection, nonetheless. Throughout our lives, we have the opportunity to focus on the positive instead of the negative and do one more positive act to transform the world.

Good Shabbos

All the best

Avroham Ross

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