This timeless call to every Jew to be committed to a life of inner growth and inner journeying at times obscures yet another timeless call pertaining to the Jewish condition, which appears in the following verse as the Almighty says to Abraham, And [you] shall be a blessing. We know that in Judaism a blessing is a linguistic formula by which we express gratitude to the Almighty for all the abundance and plentitude which He has bestowed on us, and that a Jewish blessing usually commences with the generic formula of Baruch atah Adonai … But how can a person actually become an articulation, a set of words, an ideational awareness, a blessing? Rashi states laconically that the Almightys statement to Abraham to be a blessing is more of a Divine gesture to Abraham than an imperative. According to Rashi, what the Almighty conveys to Abraham is that he, Abraham, will be mentioned at the conclusion of the first paragraph of the Amidah service, which we always conclude with the words Magen Avraham (referring to God as the protector/shield of Abraham). And yet, I would like to suggest that the commandment to be a blessing is much larger than that. To be a blessing is the threefold life vocation of every Jew. The first facet of this calling has to do with our national and collective obligation to serve God by being a light unto the nations (Isaiah 49:6). To be a universal blessing means to enrich and inspire the rest of humankind spiritually, morally, culturally and scientifically. I think we have done quite well in this regard. From Abraham himself, who smashed the false religious idols of his time; to Moses, who led a rebellion against the political despotism of Pharaoh; to the Jews who conceptualized and propagated socialism; to Sigmund Freud and his Jewish entourage, who revolutionized the way humanity understands its soul and psyche; leading the way to 20th-century physicists such as Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller; and followed by the leading postmodern thinkers of our time, no human group has contributed so vastly and so disproportionately to the advancement and refinement of human spirituality, culture, science and economy. Even though our people constitute solely 0.2 percent of the worlds population, no other group of people has demonstrated so consistently and over so long a span that history has meaning, and that humanity has a destiny. In addition to being a light unto the nations, the call to be a blessing also entails a much more daily and concrete moral and empathic commitment to be there for other people, to help them, to be a source of empowerment to them materially, socially, emotionally or spiritually.
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The rise of nationalist groups across Europe in recent years has stemmed in part from a negative view refugees seeking asylum in the Western countries as they flee violence in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa. And attacks like the Nov. 13, 2015 massacreperpetrated by members of terrorist groups driving civilians out of those regions and into Europehave helped fan the flames of nativist resentment. France and the French are no longer safe, Le Pen told an audience the day after the 2015 attacks, urging officials to eradicate Islamism in the country, the New York Times reported . Another member of the Front National, Florian Philippot, said the same day that the violence by Islamic State militants in Paris really poses the question that we have been asking, that they will infiltrate the migratory flux that is arriving in Europe, according to the Times. But is there a relationship between the number of refugees in France and the number of terrorist attacks against the country? Related Stories A Year Of Violence For Europe The previous two years have certainly been violent for France, with high-profile attacks at not only the Paris stadium, concert hall and restaurants but also at the Paris office of the weekly Charlie Hebdo newspaper in January 2015, when a dozen people were killed, and at a Bastille Day parade in the southern city of Nice last summer, in which the death toll was 85. But the actual number of terror attacks has actually been much lower than, say, two decades ago, according to the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). http://iansanchezbest.haralsoncounty.org/2016/11/15/1-click-away-from-picking-out-crucial-issues-in-interview-attire/In 1996, for example, the number of incidents of terrorism in France spiked to about 270, compared to less than 40 last year and around 20 in 2014, GTD data show. The two decades leading up to the turn of the century had an average of more than 100 terror incidents per year, compared to an average of less than 30 incidents annually for the period between 2000 and 2015. There was a slight uptick, from around 20 in 2014 to about 40 in 2015the period during which the influx of refugees spiked to a record 1.3 million overall in Europe.
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Paul,.peaking of the same Christian, says “he that giveth his virgin in marriage, doth well; and he that giveth her not, doth better” 1 Corinthians 7:38 . If you are looking for a simple definition of a vocation, the literal meaning of the word is a “call.” When we talk about vocation, we introduce a vertical dimension in our life, which is God. Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…. A further question may be put to the candidate for the priesthood : if you do well in desiring to become a priest, would you perhaps do better by becoming a religious? Everywhere he serves he does so with the permission of the local bishop. For those who have chosen the ordained ministry, through sacramental ordination, they share in the priesthood of Christ in a special way. However, we usually use “Vocation” to mean a call to the consecrated, religious or priestly life. I have had to learn that one does not always choose one’s vocation. 1 the activity by which one regularly makes a living Synonyms calling, employment, game, lay, line, profession, trade, occupation, work Related Words call, lifework ; business, enterprise, field, livelihood, living, métier also metier, racket slang; assignment, engagement, gig, mission ; art, craft, handicraft, handicraft ; appointment, berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation ; duty, function, job, load, task, workload Near Antonyms’ avocation, hobby, pursuit In the simplest terms, “vocation” means a “call.”