(REPOST) Don’t Repent, Don’t Pray, Don’t Give Charity
(originally posted on EdibleTorah here. With a tip of the kippah to Joe Buchwald – Gelles for doing all the hard work. As usual.)
Do not repent.
Repentance means to stop being bad and to become good. But your essential being is always good. The bad is only on the outside. So instead of repenting, return. Return to the essential self and to what is rightfully yours.
Do not pray.
Prayer means there are two entities, one entity petitioning a higher one. Instead of praying, connect. Become one with your maker, so that the divine energy will come through you and into our world to heal the sick, to cause the rain to fall.
Do not give charity.
Giving charity means being nice and giving away your money. But who says it is yours to begin with? It is money put into your trust, to be distributed for good things and for others when they need it. Change your attitude. Instead of doing what is nice, do what is right. Put the money where it belongs.
– Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shneerson