The Religion of Love
I often hear people say that Torah is a book of about law but not about love. They claim that it is more about fearing God and feeling guilty rather than loving God and feeling joy. They conclude that it leads us to a life of weakness and submission and robs us of our power and freedom to be our true selves.
This is what the famous German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche believed. He taught that there are two types of people in the world: the weak and the strong. The strong do what they want, when they want and where they want. But the weak are frightened. Therefore, to protect themselves, they invented morality to make the strong feel guilty about their freedom and strength. According to Nietzsche the weak ones are the Jews. They are the inventors of morality and they are responsible for the phenomena of guilt in the world.
In this book I will show how Torah life is quite the opposite of these misconceptions. Torah offers the true religion of love. It is founded upon love and its purpose is love. Its teachings encourage us to be strong and its laws empower us to achieve true freedom, choose love and experience the ecstatic joy of being in love.
Nietzsche once said, “If there were a God, how could I bear not being God?” Torah teaches that we can achieve something much more fulfilling than being God and that is: loving God. The teachings, laws and rituals of Torah enable us to achieve this goal. They lead us to love God and by doing so empower us to be godly.
In fact, Torah living can be best described as the art of being in love. And this is what this book is all about.
In reading this book, you will discover that I have taken a different method than in my other books. Since my intention here is to rectifying long-standing misconceptions about the Torah’s goals and spiritual principles I decided that I must quote many of the sources in their original form (translated into English, of-course). But don’t let that put you off, because what I am about to share with you is a gorgeous tapestry of Torah wisdom and tradition that reveals the way to living an awesome and joyous life of choosing love and being in love.
Please feel free to send me your questions and comments.
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