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Friday, October 28, 2011

I'm Sorry, So Sorry | Jew In The City

I'm Sorry, So Sorry | Jew In The City: " fearing God, we first have to understand what yira (the Hebrew word that is usually translated as fear) is actually about. In addition to fear, yira can also mean "awe" or "reverence" and is related to the Hebrew word liroat, which means "to see".

The way that I understand this commandment is that first we must force ourselves to see, notice, and actively consider God's greatness to the point that we are left with a feeling of awe. It's an injunction to not take God for granted.

Then, once we have true feelings of awe, reverence, and respect, they can be mixed into our feelings of love perhaps to counter-balance them, as love alone (counter-intuitive as it seems) can lead to complacency, ingratitude"

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