Responsibility not Chesed

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    Jonathan,

    You wrote above, “True, none of us are likely to be numbered among the greats of the generation, and held responsible for the entire generation.”

    In this generation, who would you identify as those responsible “greats”? What type of support do they need from us in order to carry out their generational responsibility? What kind of direction do we need from them? Are the lines of communication between them and us in need of repair—and, if so, how can this repair be done?

  2. michael says:

    Jonathan has put it forward so clearly.
    It IS responsibility that we have to take account of and that includes chesed.
    We hope Hashem is responsible for us and so we emulate Him

  3. One Christian's Perspective says:

    Rabbi Rosenblum, I have read your article several times and looked up the passages in Scripture and did a search on certain key words and phrases and I still do not understand your point……..maybe, because I am not acquainted with the Jewish perspective.

    When I searched “walked with G-d”, I found Genesis 5 and read “Enoch walked faithfully with G-d, and then, he was no more; G-d took him away.” Next, I came to Genesis 6 and read that “The L-RD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. ……So, the L-RD said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I created from the face of the earth….but, Noah found favor in the eyes of the L-RD. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with G-d.” Now, if Noah was blameless among the people of his time, then, didn’t Noah’s righteousness secure salvation for his family whose blamelessness was not mentioned. Later, in Genesis 9, I read “Blessed be the L-RD, the G-d of Shem !” From Shem’s beginning and throughout the the Hebrew Bible, I see where G-d sovereignly committed himself to Shem’s offspring and some of that offspring was very special to G-d. They were his chosen whom he loved and called out and anointed by G-d according to his will and purpose. Abraham was from the line of Shem who was from the line of Noah.

    Next, I came to Genesis 17, and I read where G-d spoke to Abram (Abraham) and said “Walk before me faithfully and blameless”. Later in Genesis 48, I read where Jacob (Israel) sees G-d as his shepherd before whom his fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully. Then, there is Job (Job 29) who mentioned “when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness”. The Psalmist states in(Psalm 56:13) “For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before G-d in the light of life” and in (Psalm 89:15) “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, L-RD.”

    From Enoch to the Psalmists, I see a progression of illumination from G-d that allows a greater understanding of G-d and from that a surety in his presence that one wants to walk before him like a sheep before their shepherd …. because they know him, trust him and love him above all others. In looking back to Enoch and Noah, I see righteous men – because they believed God – who walked in the light they were given and they were faithful with what was given.
    Isn’t that all anyone can do ?

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