Last September, at the start of the Jewish New Year (aka Rosh Hashanah) just as the sun went down, we lost the inspiring lifelong champion of gender equality, RUTH BADER GINSBERG. In honor of her memory and the New Year, here is some Jewish spiritual wisdom.
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav:
“Try to be as happy as you possibly can. Search for your good points in order to make yourself happy. The main source of strength within is joy.”
“Our world consists of nothing except the day and hour that we stand in now. Tomorrow is a completely different world.”
Baal Shem Tov:
“Whenever feeling downcast, each person should vitally remember ‘For my sake, the entire world was created.'”
“Never seek to imitate the spiritual path of another. If you try to do so, not only will you fail in fulfilling your own path, but you will not do as well in the task meant for your neighbor.”
Traditional ethical text:
“Be not a fly seeking sore spots. Cover up your neighbor’s flaws and reveal them not to the world.”
Rabbi Schneur Zalman:
“The essential thing is to habituate one’s mind and thought continuously so that everything one sees with one’s eyes - the heavens and the earth and all that is therein – constitutes the outer garments of the Holy One.
The Talmud - text of rabbinical discussions - central text of mainstream Judaism:
“To shame a person in public is akin to murdering him.”
“Every journey has a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware.”
The Zohar (a book of the Kabbalah):