Tran­scen­den­tal Judaism: Enliven­ing the Eter­nal With­in to Uplift Our­selves and Our World

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September 1, 2021

Is it real­ly pos­si­ble to con­nect with God? Can we find spir­i­tu­al­i­ty in Judaism? The answer to both these ques­tions is yes. Tra­di­tion­al­ly, Judaism teach­es that we con­nect with God through the per­for­mance of the com­mand­ments, the mitzvot (from the Ara­ma­ic word tza­v­ta mean­ing con­nec­tion). But what if we are not mitz­vah-obser­vant in the tra­di­tion­al ways? Can we still expe­ri­ence a pal­pa­ble close­ness to God and have a sense that we are all con­nect­ed as one? To this ques­tion, our sages also answer yes. Through the med­i­ta­tive qui­et­ing of the mind, we can direct­ly expe­ri­ence that still small voice.” It is the awe­some voice of infi­nite intel­li­gence that cre­at­ed and upholds our world with com­pas­sion and jus­tice. When we repeat­ed­ly expe­ri­ence it, we enliv­en its qual­i­ties into our lives; we walk in God’s ways.” When we do so, we uplift not only our­selves but the world around us.

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