The Unfolding of Divine Mercy

Divine mercy isn’t manifest where everything is always smooth and nothing goes wrong — quite the contrary. But it’s specifically down here, where every mistake can (and will) be made, that we witness the full unfolding of Divine mercy.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

The Process of Repair

Belief in fixing is what gets you back out there, looking for opportunities to make any amends you can. It’s the belief in the process of repair that catalyzes it.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

Our Personal Redemption

The great lesson we learn from Adam is that although it seemed like it was too late, he did not give up. He did not give in to the natural human tendency to allow guilt and shame to keep him from trying to repair whatever he could.

The roots of redemption lie in refusing to despair, and believing in ourselves and in the possibility of repair.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

Shame

G-d wants us to stay connected and aligned, but guilt keeps us separate.

Shame over the past keeps us from reconnecting with our Source.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

Our Path

The world is full of choices whose lights flash in our eyes, dazzle us, and make it even harder to make decisions. The goal is to be able to interact with the vast world of options without losing our way; to find clarity in the midst of confusion, unity in the place of multiplicity, and peace and quiet in place of internal chaos.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

Why Free Choice?

Why does Adam [humanity] have to be free to choose? Because that’s the  essence of his Divine nature. Just as the Creator is a giver and not a taker, man needs to be provided with opportunities to give rather than just receive.

Living Aligned, by Rabbi Baruch Gartner

Gift of Trust

When I make space for someone else — knowing full well that the other person might make mistakes — it provides them with the gift of my trust. By leaving them room, they’re empowered to become. I can allow them the freedom to act because I have faith in them. I trust they can do whatever it takes to be their best self.

Living Aligned, by Rabbi Baruch Gartner