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Do small halachos really matter 3 years 3 months ago #678

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I mean there's all this big stuff like davening and whatever, but does God really care if don't tie my shoes corrects or cut my nails in the correct order?
Someimes I pretend to be normal...but then it gets boring.

So I go back to being me.
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Do small halachos really matter 3 years 3 months ago #682

If God's just being a boss, then you're probably right. The "big stuff" (showing up to work on time, fulfilling your basic responsibilities) is the most important. And how neat your desk is or who you schmooze with in the cafeteria doesn't matter all that much.
But the reality is that the goal of Judaism is for you to have a RELATIONSHIP with God (see Devarim 10:12 "Am Yisroel! What does Hashem want from you? To be in awe of Him, to walk in His ways, to love Him....)
In a relationship, it's ALL about the details. It's one thing for me to tell my wife that I love her and to buy her a beautiful present for her birthday. But the real sign of the relationship is knowing that when she's not feeling well, she likes a cup of chamomile tea with half a spoon of brown sugar, WITH a matching cup and saucer.

Since my relationship with God is constant, just like my relationship with my wife, I want to find ways to express the relationship whenever possible, especially because God's more invisible than my wife! So if I can even bring an awareness of that relationship into tying my shoes, or cutting my nails, or even just saying Baruch Hashem when it's a beautiful day, I'm recasting my Judaism as a system of chances to connect, not duties to fulfill. Opportunities, not just obligations.
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Do small halachos really matter 3 years 3 months ago #705

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That's a really good answer actually....
Someimes I pretend to be normal...but then it gets boring.

So I go back to being me.
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Do small halachos really matter 2 years 5 months ago #896

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Rabbi Wallerstein answers a very similar answer:
When you ask if Hashem really cares about which shoe, etc, the answer is YES-
He wants to be in your shoe, Your nails and every other detail because He Loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. This way, by setting up these specific ways of doing things, He gets to spend time with you throughout the whole day!
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Do small halachos really matter 2 years 5 months ago #897

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Love this!
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Do small halachos really matter 2 years 5 months ago #912

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love that answer 'not sure'
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Do small halachos really matter 2 years 5 months ago #920

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Thanks!
That's one of the shiurim that I keep in my head all the time :)
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