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Beyond Sincerity

Beyond Sincerity

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Sincerity is not enough. You have to do the right thing.

You might be truly sincere about your generosity and your mitzvahs, but if it doesn’t reach the right place, or was not done the right way, it still did not succeed.

Why is it this way? Why can't we be judged by our intentions alone?

So that we will know that we are small, and Truth is very large. It is Truth that stands at the center, and we that orbit about it.

Tanya, chapter 38. Likutei Sichot vol. 15, pg. 247. Maamar V’Shavti B’Shalom 5738.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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Brett Annable Summerland BC March 22, 2017

Better than gold An excellent piece of wisdom.
Thank you! Reply

Anonymous mm October 28, 2014

Love who one is.. To love Hashem is one very important idea.

But not to love 'who one is' is a major tragedy and causes so many problems. The ones who do not truely love "who they are' will be insincere no matter what they do. Even trying to be moral and ethical will not hold any truth.

Geting Life Coaching or psychological help to achieve personal growth is well worth the effort to achieve to be happy with 'who one is'. Reply

valerie j becker akron October 21, 2014

beyond sincerity to me - doing the right thing is the important thing...well above intentions, which can change, happened to me today. I agreed to drive someone to the hospital for treatments for a few weeks (the right thing) even though I have never, ever liked her because she has never ever been nice or smiled over the last 20+ years. But, the right thing won over my intentions. so i sure feel small but thankful! Reply

zak San Diego October 21, 2014

What is small but a perception The smaller orb (orbit) never retrogrades but is pulled by the larger orb in which life exists upon. As He who made all things to expand from the beginning and to be unified with the end (full-filled). For He alone pulls while we follow. For the small becomes large within the seas of vastness. As no branch can exist without its root nor a root without its seed, for in it we see-d Reply

Gavri Hanita Hazaka Abir Selek 2nd Canada October 21, 2014

Sincerely Being sincere is the first step before taking action. One who is sincere has the conviction and determination to respond with more then words in response to desire to be of help in whatever is needed to be done in the situation that presents it'self. If one does not respond then the empty sincerity is one self contentment in the hope things will turn out better in a circumstance one has no control over to be of assistance to anyone else. Truth is a constant value and can help change sincerity to kindness. Reply

val April 23, 2009

thank you Could you offer a good sentence to ground the orbit sentiment? maybe even the "intentions isnt enough" part too?

great thoughts, if only we could implement both. Reply

Anonymous April 23, 2009

sent into orbit It is my understanding that to do the rigtht thing is to literally follow the ten commandments. What do you think?

However, in a free choice world not everyone is interested in pursing the truth with a good heart and by doing the right thing..I depend on rules to guide my behavior.

I am a mother of 3 children and I love each one. So to love all creation is another rule. and to fear no evil is important..I trust goodness and mercy will follow. :.) Reply

Jose Rios Jovel Huntington Park, California April 22, 2009

instructions and guidence I came to see your writings and it seems to me that rays of lights come from your thoughts, thank you for taking the time to teach others that need guidance , I am one of them.

Best regards Reply