Congregation Etz Chaim…Community, Spirituality and You
To be a human being is both simple and simultaneously complicated. The answer on how to live can be found in the Torah (Hebrew bible/Old Testament) in Leviticus 19:18 where it says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Rabbis have long interpreted this to mean that what you would not do against yourself, you cannot do to another person. The main taproot of Judaism, it has often been referred to as the Golden Rule. When we follow these words, we have a guide as to how we are to act in our lives.
We strive to remember to be a person of integrity. To be kind and merciful and temper justice with compassion. That ultimately, all of humankind is responsible for one another. Jews have been referred to as “The People of The Book.” We study to remind us how to live our lives as if no one is watching – and yet as if we still answer to a Higher Being. All that matters is our actions in the here and now. Even if there is a hereafter, it will take care of itself. Faith is good but not required. Judaism is a religion which compels us to take action: To heal the world and be partners with God in the ongoing process of creation. And in this way, we continue to living the words of the Prophet Micah (6:8) What does God ask of us? “To Do Justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly in God’s ways.” When we follow this guidance, we are led to living life with the highest level of dignity for all.