Rabbi Moshe Genuth open class – The Urim and Thummim and how the question is half the answer

“We are all in the process of becoming. This process requires us to make decisions and to wean out options. In the end, given that we have been granted free will, within certain limits, it is up to us to write the story of our life through our decisions and through the meaning we ascribe to the events we experience.

The process of making decisions, of asking ourselves what we want and what we should do and getting the answers from within ourselves can be seen in the Urim and Thummim described in this week’s Torah portion, Tetzaveh. The Ba’al Shem Tov taught how this process is relevant to us today, and how seeing the question and the answer in the mind’s eye, and making decisions, concentrates our energy and is instrumental in our ability to write our life’s story.

On the way, we look at how Moses himself wrote the Pentateuch as his own life story and how it was possible for him to write the final eight verses which describe his own passing with a surprising explanation from the Ba’al Shem Tov. We also talk about the importance of writing in helping us arrive at an objective understanding of our surroundings.”

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