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The World In Balance
Sun Mar 29, 2015 22:51
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Shimon HaTzaddik was from the remnants of the Great Assembly.
He used to say:
On three things the world stands.
On Torah,
On service [of God],
And on acts of human kindness.

--Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Faters) 1:2

Why should the world stand on three things rather than two or four or some other arbitrary number? We could easily list dozens of critical needs, obligations and aspects of life. Why does Shimon HaTzaddik stop at three, and why these three?

[The above] Mishnah is zeroing in on a fundamental truth about our place in the cosmos. We are not alone, and life is not ours alone. We live in a world where we are compelled to act, react and interact with others.

We have three primary relationships in life. We have to learn to live with ourself, with G-d, and with others.

Human beings interact with the world on three levels: thought, speech and action. Each of these three is the key to the three basic relationships: You act on yourself through thought or will. You interact with G-d through speech. And you relate to others through actions.

In our quest to perfect ourselves, we need to also lift others and lift our relationship with G-d. Success and balance in all three is required to truly grow in this world.

--http://www.aish.com/sp/pg/48884852.html

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