With a Jewish Voice: Step 11
11. Sought to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
In synagogues all over the world, we have gone back to the beginning of the Torah to tell the tale all over again. To learn, ask questions and discover new meaning. I love stories, and what a story we have to tell. The whole Book of Genesis is a story book. In the beginning, creation and the Garden of Eden. There are great highs… and great lows, Cain and Able, Noah and the flood, and the promise of the rainbow
Good times follow hard times, follow redemption and spiritual awakenings. “Abraham, Go Forth.”
Martin Buber writes, there are many ways to connect with a spiritual life. “G-d does not say that this way leads to me and that does not,” but he says, “Whatever you do may be a way to me, provided you do it in a way that leads you to me.”
Why do we tell all these stories? They show us one way. Just like our experience can benefit others, our experience’s strength and hope is what we have to offer. But ours is just one way. Our sages teach, “Seek peace in your own place; when a man has made peace within himself, he will be able to make peace in the world.”
We know God loves stories. It is up to us to tell a story that is true to ourselves.