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Does G-d care if I do ALL the mitzvahs?

  

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Mrs. Kumer: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...


Jewguy: I was reading the article about being a "Good Jew", [Ed. note: Read "What makes someone a "good Jew"?] and it talked about Judaism being ones personal relationship with G-d. I'm not very religious, though i conduct my life with a morality and good-nature towards those around me that I feel G-d would want out of me. And i feel that makes me a good Jew. (okay, sorry here comes the question) Am I wrong to think so?


Mrs. Kumer: good question


Jewguy: okay, and sorry about the length of question.


Mrs. Kumer: np


Mrs. Kumer: certainly G-d wants goodness, kindness and morality


Mrs. Kumer: these are all intrinsic to Judaism


Jewguy: I agree.


Mrs. Kumer: and of course you do believe in G-d


Jewguy: I think I do...haha


Jewguy: Im in a weird stage of faith right now


Mrs. Kumer: ok


Jewguy: which brings me here


Mrs. Kumer: good 4 u


Jewguy: thank you


Mrs. Kumer: however, there are many many mitzvahs that G-d also told us to observe


Jewguy: Is God offended if i don't observe them.


Mrs. Kumer: G-d does not have feelings like people


Mrs. Kumer: its not like G-d will be insulted and hold a grudge


Mrs. Kumer: but on the other hand


Jewguy: It seems like he can get angry though. haha


Jewguy: I think what i'd like to know is if G-d cares about me


Mrs. Kumer: very much


Jewguy: cause i believe truly my approach is very good.


Jewguy: and my belief is that G-d would think so too.


Jewguy: But i wonder what the jewish community thinks of me


Jewguy: though i am quite content with my belief system


Mrs. Kumer: the community matters but more it matters what G-d wants


Jewguy: ahhh


Mrs. Kumer: its like this


Mrs. Kumer: you are doing mitzvhas (commandments)


Mrs. Kumer: and very important ones too


Mrs. Kumer: but what about all the others


Mrs. Kumer: an example


Mrs. Kumer: carrots are healthy so i eat only carrots


Mrs. Kumer: forgetting about protein, other vitamins etc


Jewguy: are all of these proteins and vitamins vital toward me ascending to G-d


Jewguy: if i ate only carrots, could i not reach G-d


Mrs. Kumer: we are talking about spiritual health


Mrs. Kumer: so in life


Mrs. Kumer: we dont want to be just alive or in mildly good health


Mrs. Kumer: and person wants to be in full health


Mrs. Kumer: so too with the mitzvahs


Mrs. Kumer: we need to do them all to be spiritually healthy, close to G-d and fulfill our life mission


Jewguy: Is it bad to be content with mild spiritual health?


Mrs. Kumer: the word bad tends to be very discouraging


Jewguy: is it frowned upon?


Jewguy: maybe


Mrs. Kumer: by G-d


Mrs. Kumer: of course G-d wants us to do all the mitzvhas


Mrs. Kumer: that is why He gave all of them


Mrs. Kumer: to connect with him and be our best


Jewguy: Does G-d have the emotion of disappointment, or


Jewguy: have the ability to be displeased with me?


Jewguy: If he has the ability to "want", but if he doesnt "get" me to do all Mitzvah, will he not like that...or even care. Does he have the human emotion of caring?


Mrs. Kumer: G-d love syou like his only child


Mrs. Kumer: and is waiting for every mitzvah you do


Mrs. Kumer: and proud when you do


Jewguy: I definitely like that


Jewguy: I like the idea of G-d seeing us as children. Its like even if we screw up, G-d loves us anyway.


Mrs. Kumer: thats totally 4 sure


Mrs. Kumer: He always loves us


Mrs. Kumer: and he waits for our repentance and not to punish us


Jewguy: thats so cool


Jewguy: i never knew that


Jewguy: Mrs. Kumer I think im going to go to sleep now. But i want to thank you very very much for your time and patience. I can be very scatterbrained sometimes.


Jewguy: haha


Mrs. Kumer: i have been a bit distracted mysef here too


Mrs. Kumer: i also apologoze


Jewguy: i just discovered this ask Moses thingy and ive been on it for like the last 2 hours


Mrs. Kumer: i'd be really happy to chat again


Jewguy: thank you


Mrs. Kumer: well, please come back again


Mrs. Kumer: and have a great Shabbat


Jewguy: You too, bye!

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