Mar 1, 2015

It's About Having a Relationship. Oh!

I was reading a paragraph in a new Feldheim book which said, "He [Hashem] gave us the mitzvos in order to afford us the opportunity to ________________ ." Now how do you think the sentence ended?

I would have expected it to end with "earn the World to Come" or some similar way of putting getting a reward.  Instead, the sentence surprisingly ended, "develop a relationship with Him."

It seems to me that something has drastically changed.  It's hard to keep tabs on things like this, on how many times this comes up in books, articles, and speeches.  My impression is that I am reading a lot lately about cultivating a relationship with G-d, when previously, the emphasis was on reward in Olam Haba.

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