Torah Study: Re’eh 2017

Overcoming Our Egos

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said that human beings come to God through both motivations: “A man totally unconcerned with his self is dead.  But a man exclusively concerned with his self is a beast.” That human beings naturally engage in this world through both our reflective and transitive selves. From both our ego-driven as well as our selfless-inspired souls. Our challenge is to overcome egocentrism and selfishness.  To actualize the Awe of Heaven. “The greatest beauty,” wrote Rabbi Heschel, “grows at the greatest distance from the ego.”

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