When and how should you offer constructive criticism?
It has been said that the God of the so called “Old Testament” is a judgmental God. Is that truly the case?
Is observing the law enough or do we need to do more in order to do Teshuvah (repentance)?
How can a universal God who creates all in his image have a chosen people? What does it mean to be God’s chosen people?
Does God need our prayers? If he does not, then why do we spend about 27 hours in synagogue praying over the High Holidays?
While we would rather hear only good things about ourselves, soliciting praise alone can be dangerous. Furthermore, people may be hesitant to share constructive criticism for fear of offending. How can we solicit and keep an open mind to constructive criticism?
Often life treats us unfairly and we become angry with God. How should we deal with our anger towards our creator?
What should you do if you have committed a sin for which you realize you will never be able to fully atone?
Is God going to forgive you just because you spend a lot of time in synagogue praying during the High Holidays?
We all make mistakes, the key is to recognize our mistakes and take corrective action before more damage is done. Judaism survived the revolt against Rome because there were those that realized that the revolt was doomed to failure and an alternative course was needed.
Rabbi Steven Saks
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