Ariel Ben Avraham's book on the Jewish conception of God's love according to the Hebrew Scriptures and Jewish theology. How we relate to God's love as our common bond with Him. You can order the book directly from the author at email@example.com.
From the book:
"Let's be aware that we are emanated from God' love. Whatever we are and have come from Him and it is His, including the love that we are and give. Love is our essence and identity."
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Ecclesiastes: The illusion of vanity and the reality of love (V)
“That there is no remembrance to
the wise -- with the fool -- through the ages, for that which is already in the
days that are coming is all forgotten. And how the wise dies? With the fool!
And I have hated life, for sad to me is the work that has been done under the
sun, for the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit.” (Ecclesiastes 2:16-17)
wisdom doesn’t help us as long as we make foolish choices that will never make
us remembered by the next generations. Again king Solomon reproaches himself
for engaging in materialistic fantasies and desires as vanities that undermine
the true purpose of life and the spirit that keeps it alive.
“I hated all my labor in which I
labored under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who comes after me.
And who knows whether he is wise or foolish? Yet he rules over all my work that
I have labored at, and that I have done wisely under the sun! Also this is
vanity. And I turned round to cause my heart to despair
concerning all the work that I labored at under the sun.”
The wise Jewish king calls our awareness in regards to the attention we give to riches and possessions, for
which we labor in the material world. We are not able to take them with us after we
die, and unequivocally will end up in the hands of others that may or may not
be as wise as we thought that we were. Hence we have to focus in what really
matters in life for its immediate fulfillment, and not to future circumstances
in which we are not sure that we will be.
This does not mean that we should not
prepare for the next days, weeks and years in terms of our needs and endeavors.
The idea here is to avoid ego’s fantasies and illusions that lead us to
situations that we will regret later because of our vanity. King David also
reminds us this.
“Surely every man walks wandering
as a ghost, surely they make an uproar for nothing. He amasses riches and does
not know who will gather them. (…) For he sees that even wise men die. The
stupid and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.” (Psalms 39:6, 49:10)
must be aware that we are the measure of our portion and circumstances. Our
portion is who we are, what we have, and our relationship with God, and the
latter determine the former. Our individual and collective duty is to know
that goodness is our essence and true identity, and also our bond with God. When
goodness is the cause, the reference and the purpose of human life, goodness
also will be who we are and what we have, for it is God’s will for us.
“For there is a man whose labor
is in wisdom and in knowledge and in equity, and to a man who has not labored
therein he gives it -- his portion! Even this is vanity and a great evil. For
what has been to a man by all his labor, and by the thought of his heart that
he labored at under the sun? For all his days are sorrows, and his travail
sadness; even at night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 2:21-23)
are reminded constantly that goodness doesn’t dwell with anything different
from its ways and attributes. The first of these two verses remark that giving
the works of wisdom and knowledge to the undeserving is like feeding wickedness
with goodness. This is not only vain and futile but also a great evil. Hence we have to seriously consider for what and for whom we labor every day, so
later we won’t regret with sorrows and sadness all that we wasted on our
temporary fantasies and illusions.
“Unless the Lord builds the
house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the
watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire
late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in
We have to build our
consciousness (“the house”) with the goodness God wants us to be, to have and
manifest in life. If we build it on materialistic desires, we will labor in
vain and all we do to fulfill ego’s fantasies and illusions will be the bread
of all our efforts. Once we enthrone goodness in all levels and dimensions of
consciousness, goodness will be with us even in our sleep.
Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.