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Shlomo Ezagui

Discovering the Path of Truth

Are you searching for the “Truth?” 

What is the Truth? Is it true that there is my Truth and your Truth? People innately instinctively search for Truth. Truth represents a certain firm, and solid ground one can depend on. Most people never discover the Truth for many reasons, all the while yearning for it.

The signature of God is Truth. God characterizes Himself as Truth. Does that help?

Here is another hint. In Hebrew, the word for Truth is EMET, made of three letters, Aleph, Mem, and Tof, which are the first, middle, and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Does that help?

A couple is celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They throw a great big party, and the husband presents his wife with a gorgeous diamond ring. One hour after the party, the ring evaporates. 

Did he dupe her? The ring was real during the party. It did disintegrate after all the guests and friends went home, but it was real when it was presented… or was it not?

Let’s say it did not evaporate after the party, but instead of lasting a lifetime (“a diamond is forever”), it was discovered not to be the material it was characterized as.

According to Jewish law, “living waters,” which have the power to purify, must come from a body of water that is “always” alive and flowing. If the waters should dry up even once in seven years, then the water is not “living”, even at the beginning of the seven-year cycle. At the very beginning of seven years, the clock is already ticking toward its demise, so death and termination are its inherent reality rather than life. Living is only what this water( which ceases once every seven years) appears to be doing when in Truth, death is its (inherent) fate.

The Bible says, “We are made from earth, and to earth, we shall return.” That would mean that our inherent endpoint is death while we are alive. Rabbi Abarbanel says, “The minute a child is born, he already begins to die.”

Does that mean we are investing our lives in transience and impermanence? Could this be why we search for Truth… to attach ourselves to something more permanent and solid, more than what our bodies can reach?

The Torah says, “This world is a world of falsehood.” When you look at the world, it proudly proclaims, “Here I am, I have always been here, I am real, and I am forever.” 

However, if you met me at “my address,” a mansion overlooking the ocean with expensive cars parked in the driveway, only to find out I rented this location for ten minutes, you would be right to accuse me of being “untruthful” because I fed you with a deceptive image of myself.

Because we are inherently spiritual beings in physical bodies, we seek the qualities not of relative Truth (one that “appears” real or alive) but absolute Truth, a reality that lasts forever. Why waste time and investment on something that will not be around tomorrow when instead I can invest in permanence?

Truth is a permanent reality. Truth is the way it is, all the time. “God, our God, is EMET —Truth. He is the God of (real eternal) life and His wisdom (Torah) is one of Truth.” This, my friends, is the ONLY real Truth. Real authentic Truth must always be attached to and associated with Godliness. 

If you are unhappy with the lies and untruths around you, with the slippery slimy, don’t know what to believe anymore around you, you are searching for Truth to satisfy the yearnings of your true self, the soul that desires eternal qualities. You will find it only in Godly practices, as spelled out in God’s Bible.

The more a person invests his energies in Godly practices, the more he will satisfy the constant feeling and yearning for true meaning, solidity, permanence, and purpose in life. Everything else is shallow and fleeting, thus, it is not profound, not the Truth. No wonder so many people feel so insecure in the world we are living in.   

Pursuing a Godly life is the only path to “True” happiness.

Chapter 120 www.aspiritualsoulbook.com

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. www.rabbishlomoezagui.com "A Spiritual Soul Book" (www.aspiritualsoulbook.com) & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" (www.maimonidesadvice.com) In 1987, Rabbi Ezagui opened the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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