Contact Us
The purpose of life has two parts: Why G-d created us, what's in it for him? And why are we here, what does he want from us. The first question is high mystery, we may never know the answer. The second question is the key to life.

Why Am I Here?

Why Am I Here?

The key to life: Making every experience G-dly

 Email
Autoplay

Why Am I Here?: The key to life: Making every experience G-dly

The purpose of life has two parts: Why G-d created us, what's in it for him? And why are we here, what does he want from us. The first question is high mystery, we may never know the answer. The second question is the key to life.
© Copyright It's Good To Know, all rights reserved.
Rabbi Manis Friedman, a noted Chassidic philosopher, author and lecturer, is dean of Bais Chana Women's Institute of Jewish Studies.
© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with Chabad.org's copyright policy.
 Email
Join the Discussion
Sort By:
12 Comments
1000 characters remaining
Clifford Rothband Coconut Creek Fl, Earth March 25, 2017

Why am I here? It is the little things in life that matter, Why am I here? To offer guidance, to teach, what help I am capable of delivering. To be here when someone needs a cheering up, a smile, a reason.
I could show off and elucidate. But why? we have to many words, descriptions and languages. Keep it simple. Just be there for someone who needs someone else at that moment. Reply

Rabbi Shmary Brownstein Chabad.org October 30, 2013

To Charmaine The Torah says that observance of a day of rest is a commandment that was given specifically to Israel: "Let the Israelites keep the Shabbat, to perform the Shabbat for all their generations, as an everlasting covenant. Between Me and the Israelites it is an eternal sign, for in six days G-d made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh; therefore G-d blessed the seventh day and sanctified it" [Ex. 31:16-17]. The Torah is clear that indeed there were many commandments that were directed specifically at the Jewish people. However, there are commandments which non-Jews must keep, and some that are optional for non-Jews as well; see www.chabad.org/1313. Those are the commandments that Kohelet refers to for which a person is judged. Reply

Charmaine Canada October 19, 2013

B'resheet 2:3 G-d blessed the 7th day and separated it as holy. With all due respect I disagree with the part about the Shabbat being only for the Jews. I disagree with the idea that non-Jewish people must work on the Shabbat to fulfill their purpose. G-d does not have double standards for humanity. He does give humanity the freedom to keep or not keep, to follow or not follow, to obey or not obey his mandate. For that there are blessings and curses respectively. History has proved this to be true. As it says in Kohelet (Ecclesiastes)12:13 "Here is the final conclusion, now that you have heard everything: Fear G-d and keep his mitzvoth: this is what being human is all about. For G-d will bring to judgment everything we do, including every secret, whether good or bad. Reply

Anonymous Europe September 28, 2013

Why am I here I loved this teaching until almost at the end...Then many questions arose...
Did Michal in Germany get a reply to his comments/questions. I would like to know the answers to those too.
Do God fearing non-Jews not have to keep the Sabbath? (It is a blessing to observe it!) How would they/we repair the world by working on that day? Wasn't the Torah given in the wilderness so that no nation could claim it as their own but was given to every people group? What are the seven laws Gentiles should keep? The ones given to Noah?
Your answers would be very much appreciated Reply

Zahoor Ragi Srinagar , India November 24, 2011

why I am here? Purpose of being here is to sustain the lives altogether by way of ethical approach in various disciplines of life as a whole. By our characteristics of character we all can develope a society free of hunger,starvation and above all conflicts . But to practice the same shall take years for which the reason being , human values are lost by our expressiions in the fast track system of life which we otherwise quote as progress in dealing the affairs of mankind.

Situations of present system have never an inspiring end. Sensitization and communication levels are too high with low moral support. Instances of the system are so poor that character is not in reality being reflected to have the generational attitude of its own kind withing the limitations of social,religious , economic. Alas the world is losing the reigns in the name of fast track quality prone system which simply is damaging the system to the extent we can never be able to give shelter to others in a proper way. Reply

Aura Johannesburg, South Africa September 15, 2011

Why am i here? I will give the answer , that God gave us all one purpose in this life - To grow our love to the highest point . Doesn't matter who we are , and in what condition we are , and what colour we are - if we got huge love for each other , we complete our purpose here on this world. Reply

Jordan Brookline, MA December 7, 2010

Self-righteousness? Regarding the statement made at 4:30:
"I don't know if the analogy is necessarily a correct one, but the holy and Inspired and enlightened preachers or philosophers of the east, who sit in their retreats and meditate, while people around them are being assassinated or are dying from hunger or from abuse or whatever... and they feel justified, based on their philosophy and on their beliefs and so on, they feel justified to continue sitting and seeking meaning and enlightenment while people around them are dying."

While the point is well-taken, that integration in worldly matters is purposeful and necessary, this analogy is NOT a correct one. It makes a claim based on a lack of knowledge and experience in those traditions "of the east."

There are also people sitting in Yeshiva for long periods of time, while people outside are starving and dying.

In my meditation retreat experience, the purpose is to intentionally cultivate mindfulness and kindness... or, preparing to greet moshiach. Reply

James A. Chisolm West Monroe, LA November 29, 2008

Why am I here? Thank you for your explanation on this important question. Reply

zal June 26, 2008

why am i here michal, dont be sad.
i have tremendous admiration for converts.
i only hope i had the guts to do it had i not been born jewish.

i was not born into an observant family but was given opportunity to attend yeshiva, even learn in israel for some time and make friends with some great tzaddikim.

i think, and it seems to me that this is the Torah consensus, that we are given a test in this world. the more we exert ourselves, the more 'points' we earn in our heavenly 'bank account' i think that G-d appreciates and loves us even more for all the efforts we put in doing mitzvos and in trying to better ourselves.
so, be happy! enjoy living a jewish life!! Reply

Michal Germany June 26, 2008

Why am I here? If I'm fullfilling my purpose of life means,
to be as what Hashem created me and sent me into this world, and in that I would be fulfilling my purpose, then I would be still Christian, and would not have made giur and live a Jewish life. What you say in your lecture, it sounds in my ears like: Stay what you are, because G-d made you that way. If he wanted you Jewish, he would have given you a Jewish mother.
So, all the trouble I took on myself, was not only useless, but wrong and against Hashems will also. Was I not obedient enough in not staying what I was?
That is exactly what my father told me.
And it makes me sad. Did I take something, which did not belong to me? Reply

Berel Santa Fe, NM February 17, 2008

Answer to Zalman A mitzvah makes you better, by the simple fact that you are living a higher self. You are doing it for a purpose other than self fulfillment and gratification. You are doing it because G-d commanded you.

That in itself is an accomplishement, because it means that there's now another human being living their higher self. The same with Lulav and the rest.

Of course there are specifics that happening with every mitzvah, but not always do we feel the shift. The more we are in tune, the more we study, the more we can feel the "energy." And the more we can appreciate the mitzvah.

Your specific goal in life? Become the best version of yourself, and help pthers do the same. In what way? that depends on what situation youfind yourself. Be in tune and try different things untill you succeed. Don't wait for opportunity to knock. Go out there and find it! Reply

zalman brooklyn, ny December 11, 2007

PURPOSE OF LIFE i got a bit annoyed with your 'skirting the issue'- in my opinion, in your lecture on 'purpose of life'.

when one is asking about the reasons for mitzvos, we know, of course, that G-D has put us on this world to do his mitzvos.

but we' d like to know HOW does each mitzva make us a better.

duh, i know that fulfilling the mitzva of not killing it stops me from killing.

but what have i accomplished by donning tefillin? how does my shaking a lulav effect a definable change in me? or in the world for that matter? what has changed by my abstaining from treif meat? has the world improved?

i've heard that every body parts corresponds to each positive/negative mitzva. how does knowing it help? would nt it be better knowing which mitzva is a remedy on a specific misdeed?

purpose in life- specifically
what is my, as a person, purpose?
i know G-D put me here 4 a reason.
does HE want me to do kiruv? or teach talmud? or learn for myself. or all three? is all three doable? Reply