Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman of Temple Israel Synagogue was listed as #34, on Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis of the year. Temple Israel in Minneapolis is the 10th largest Reform congregation in the country and Rabbi Zimmerman is the first female rabbi to lead a Jewish congregation of more than 2000 families. See: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/02/america-s-top-50-rabbis-for-2012.html
The article in Newsweek reported, before the list of 50 most influential Rabbis for 2012, that the list is subjective; the creators never expected it to be taken as seriously as it is; and they know there are many more than 50 worthy rabbis in the U.S.; etc. The fifty rabbis they chose are a remarkable group, but we can ponder the reaction of the other remarkable rabbis that did not make the list. Are they less worthy of recognition? One of the sometimes remarkably frustrating, exasperating, and often infuriating realities that we live with, is that we cannot and do not control life, nor necessarily, the outcome of our hard work. Plain and simple, we make choices, we create our thoughts, we live to the best of our ability, and then ultimately, we do our best with what life throws our way.
The “law of attraction” claims we create our reality solely through the ultimate realization and manifestation of our thoughts. However, other concepts can come into play; we truly cannot control life. There are actually five main reasons this law of attraction may fail to produce the intended results of a persons choosing. Though it is time for us all to be aware that thoughts create energy, just as words do, and these thoughts and energy creates our reality, we must also acknowledge and accept this in not an utterly perfect law, that we cannot and do not have control. Additionally, God, though with us, does not often jump in and fix our life. The five main exclusions to the “Law of Attraction” are:
- Conflict with a life plan
- Conflict with interconnectedness or karmic issue
- Conflict with free will
- Conflict with the family of birth or location of birth
- Natural disasters
I believe our lack of controlling lfie, though often painful is actually a blessing. Our control would minimize our soul growth and evolution. Moreover, because we are blessed with a non-judgmental God, we have the capacity to experience greater growth. I believe that God loves us enough to help us on our growth, sometimes through painful things, not always alleviating our pain but encouraging us, supporting us, and helping us never the less. Thankfully, God has blessed us with free will and with that the freedom to choose wisely or not so wisely. When we choose unwisely and hurt others or our self, the punishment we may receive, if Divine in origin, comes from the origins of interconnectedness and karma. Our purpose here ultimately, is to grow and evolve, not control.
Thank-you for reading.