The Search: Seeking Life
Sep 14th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays
Most of us are seekers, whether we seek God, truth, material success, happiness, or the ultimate thrill; we are seekers.
When Isaiah urges us to,
“Seek God while He may be found;
call on him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to God, and He will have mercy on them,
and to our Lord, for He will freely pardon (Isaiah 55:6-7),”
he is reminding us, that we not only must choose to seek God and His love, we must choose how we will seek, where we will seek, and whom we will consult.
“Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” We are seeking life, “Remember us for life, King Who desires life; Inscribe us in the Book of Life, for Your sake, the Living Power.” If we are seeking life, we must seek in something living, vibrant and real.
“Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning.” Elul, the most auspicious time to seek God, as this is the time when He may be found, is the time when we must “Consult God’s instruction,” and search for answers to our questions in His Torah.
We can use this month to make a list of our questions, the issues that we have with God and Judaism, our doubts, and our need for clarity. We should then use this month of Seeking God to “Consult God’s instruction,” to find answers.
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