Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Originality in Judaism


This is a powerful statement, particularly given its source:

"All of the halachah which is contained in the Shulchan Aruch is that which was given equally to all Israel, with no one excluded. Yet he who possesses only Torah does not really even possess Torah, for then his performance becomes merely habit and custom passed on from generation to generation.

"Therefore, he who would achieve piety before his Creator will be recognized by his deeds – by those practices which he originates for the sake of heaven, and by all that his heart desires. In this no two individuals are alike, because no two men love Gd in the same way."

(Responsum of Chatam Sofer 1: Orach Chaim 197)

Shushan Purim Sameach,

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