Monthly Archives: February 2011

Love and fear of God: Prerequisites to happiness

How is happiness a function of love and fear of God? Fear is an emotion of contraction; love is an emotion of expansion. The statement “I have enough” indicates fear of God because the conscious recognition of our limited ability … Continue reading

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Fixing “earth”

To review, Happiness includes: a) Happy with one’s portion b) Happy with one’s obligations to God and man To be happy with one’s portion can be broken down still further into a) The conviction that what I have is enough … Continue reading

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Happiness is both love and respect

There is much depth of meaning in happiness that we have to understand, and our book continued by repeating the same ideas only on a deeper level. In order to fully grasp the meaning of (a) happiness with one’s portion … Continue reading

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Meaning in religious obligation

I want to share my ambivalence about a certain built-in difficulty I find in writing. The source of my ambivalence is that if I am writing personally there is going to be a link to my Jewish roots. At the … Continue reading

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Logotherapy in a nutshell

If you are looking for a good summary of logotherapy, I recommend The Defiant Power. It’s kind of like logotherapy in a nutshell.

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The infinite in the finite

Some more thoughts came to me after writing yesterday’s post. Instead of rewriting it I thought to write an alternative version. Perhaps one day I will merge the two pieces. Two blessings in the Jewish prayer book have been a … Continue reading

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In accordance with God’s will

In yesterday’s post I spoke about the blessing “You are a source of blessing God, our Lord King of the universe, who has made me with all of my needs” Another blessing is one that only women say: “You are … Continue reading

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