Thursday, March 08, 2007

A Small But Beautiful New Book

Excerpt from The Exchanged Children by Rabbi Erez Moshe Doron:

The body is totally absorbed in itself and its needs. Young children haven't yet learned to hide this fact, so we can see this truth in action by watching how ravenously they eat, how aggressively they act and how very self-centered they are. When a child cries, "I want!" it isn't hard to tell that he is expressing his desire with every fiber of his being, and that nothing in the world is more important at that moment as getting what he wants.

Unfortunately, many adults still act in the same way when it comes to satisfying their needs. When they want something, the rest of the world disappears. The only difference between the adult and the child is that the adult knows how unbecoming it is to act like a child. It isn't proper to scream "I want" or to pounce on your food. Instead, the adult knows he must hide his desire and justify it with grown-up arguments and proper-seeming rationalizations. He play-acts as though it isn't desire that is running the show - no, he is compelled to have the thing by cool logic. Of course, all of this is nothing but a cover-up. The motivation is obvious - it is raw desire.


At March 8, 2007 at 10:01:00 AM EST, Blogger avakesh said...

Unfortunately the truly good are intially at a disadvantage when interacting with such a person because they tend to receive these arguments as what they apear to be, logical and reasonable. It takes experience to recognize that an individual is grown-up child that you described above.

At March 8, 2007 at 1:32:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rebbe Nachman was the grates religious man in the world because he had "yechidah, that dimension which is one with G-d. When the level of yechidah manifests itself, a person believes, not because he suddenly has a “reason” to believe, but because at that plane, G-dliness is the only reality; there is nothing else. This truth is so powerful that even as the person exists within our material frame of reference, he must acknowledge this ultimate truth". Thaat was in him even more than in other famous Jews, and he had pass any border that separate a Jew and a Non Jew, and he is just a man one wwith God. The todays Jews can not see and be ready for Moshiach, untill they become like Rebbe Nachman, a human first than a Jew,and one with God.
Than they will understand that the real Holy Temple is not thee one man made from stone and wood, but the Temple Earth and the one that theey have inside they soul.
The fact is that they will never be like Rebbe Nachman; yechidah, so they will never SEE Moshiach waiting for them,infront of them.
They are like children which Rebbe Nachman like to educate even from the other dimension but will they?

At March 9, 2007 at 2:13:00 AM EST, Anonymous Space Cadet said...

My wife is a great lover of medrashim and Jewish stories, but not of shiurim or droshos. Yet when we got this book from Reb Chaim Kramer, she started reading it on Shabbos, and couldn't put it down!

Rumor has it that Rabbi Doron's commentary on "The Cripple" is already being translated for publication by BRI next year, iy"H.

Kein yirbu!

At April 11, 2007 at 7:35:00 AM EDT, Anonymous y golshevsky said...

I translated "Ish Haya'ar" for Rabbi Doron, and I haven't heard anything yet about another volume. Perhaps they've chosen a different translator?
I still haven't seen the copies that Rav Kramer set aside for me, but I'm glad to hear that the book is out and is of use and pleasure to the tzibbur. I enjoyed working on it very much--everything that Rav Doron has written is b'tuv taam v'daas.


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