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Spiritual Authority

Marc Gafni ยป Blog - Spiritually Incorrect ยป Teachings in Hebrew ยป Spiritual Authority

by Marc Gafni

Some words about my spiritual authorityโ€•which always derives from being the conscious author of my own story; authorship and authority are inextricable linked. Both words are connected to a sense of mastery. To live as a master is to have authority, which derives from being the author of my story. Any other life is the life of a slave or a victim.

This short essay was written some years back as the Introduction to my Hebrew Book, Vadai.

I have added a couple of sentences and taken out a couple of sentences which no longer seemed true.

ืžืงื•ืจ ืกืžื›ื•ืช ืฉื ื™ ืฉืœ ืกืคืจ ื–ื” ืžื™ื•ืฆื’ ื‘ืฆื•ืจื” ื”ื˜ื•ื‘ื” ื‘ื™ื•ืชืจ ื‘ื“ืžื•ืช ื”ืžื™ื•ืกืจืช ื‘ื™ื•ืชืจ ื‘ืžื™ืชื•ืก ื”ืžืงืจืื™, ืื™ื•ื‘. ืื™ื•ื‘ ืื•ืžืจ ืœื ื•: “ืžื‘ืฉืจื™ ืื—ื–ื” ืืœื•ื”.” (ืื• ื›ืคื™ ืฉื ื™ืกื— ื–ืืช ืžื—ื“ืฉ ื”ืžืฉื•ืจืจ ื‘ืŸ ื”ืžืื” ื”ืชืฉืข-ืขืฉืจื”, ื’’ื•ื”ืŸ ืงื™ื˜ืก: “ืื™ืŸ ืื ื™ ื‘ื˜ื•ื— ื‘ื“ื‘ืจ, ืœื‘ื“ ืžืงื“ื•ืฉืช ื ื˜ื™ื•ืช ื”ืœื‘ ื•ืืžื™ืชื•ืชื• ืฉืœ ื”ื“ืžื™ื•ืŸ.”) ืขื‘ื•ืจ ื”ืงื•ืจื ื”ืžื™ืกื˜ื™ ืฉืœ ื”ืžื™ืชื•ืก ื”ืžืงืจืื™ “ืœื—ื–ื•ืช ืืช ืืœื•ื”ื™ื” ืžืฉืžืขื• ืœื”ื‘ื™ืŸ ืืช ื”ื”ื•ื•ื™ื”, ื›ื™ ืืœื•ื”ื™ื ื•ื”ื”ื•ื•ื™ื” ื—ื“ ื”ื.ืžืงื•ื‘ืœื™ื ืงื•ืจืื™ื ืืช ื“ื‘ืจื™ื• ืฉืœ ืื™ื•ื‘ ื›ืฉื”ื ืžื˜ืขื™ืžื™ื ืืช ืฆื•ืจืŸ ื”ืฉื™ื™ื›ื•ืช. “ืžื‘ืฉืจื™” ืื•ืžืจ ืœื ืจืง ืฆื•ืจืชื™ ื”ืคื™ืกื™ืช, ืืœื ื’ื ื”ื’ื•ืฃ ืฉืœ ื—ื•ื•ื™ื™ืช ื—ื™ื™, ื ื˜ื™ื•ืช ืœื‘ื™ ื•ื”ื“ืžื™ื•ืŸ ืฉืœื™. ืžื›ืืŸ ืฉืžืฉืžืขื•ืช ื”ืคืกื•ืง ื”ื™ื ืฉืื ื• ื ื™ื’ืฉื™ื ืืœ ืืคื•ืก ื”ื”ื•ื•ื™ื” ื“ืจืš ื”ื“ืจืžื” ืฉืœ ื”ื ืคืฉ. ื›ืœ ืื—ื“ ืžืื™ืชื ื• ื™ื›ื•ืœ ืœื”ื’ื™ืข ืืœ ื”ื ืคืฉ ื”ื›ื•ืœื™ืช ืจืง ื“ืจืš ื ืคืฉื• ืฉืœื•, ื›ืœื•ืžืจ ื“ืจืš ืกื™ืคื•ืจื• ื”ื™ื™ื—ื•ื“ื™.

ื‘ืชืงื•ืคืชื ื• ื”ืžื•ื“ืจื ื™ืช, ืื™ืŸ ื”ื’ื•ืช ืืžื™ืชื™ืช ื™ื›ื•ืœื” ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ืžื ื•ืชืงืช ืžื“ืžื•ืชื• ืฉืœ ื”ื”ื•ื’ื” ืื•ืชื”. ื—ืœืคื• ื”ื™ืžื™ื ืฉื‘ื”ื ื”ืฉืชื—ื•ื•ื™ื ื• ืœืืœื™ืœ ื”ืื•ื‘ื™ื™ืงื˜ื™ื‘ื™ื•ืช โ€“ ื”ื”ื•ื’ื” ื—ืกืจ ื”ืคื ื™ื•ืช ื•ื ื˜ื•ืœ ื”ืื™ื ื˜ืจืกื™ื ื”ืžืชื™ื™ืžืจ ืœื—ืฉื•ืฃ ื‘ื“ืจืš ืœื•ื’ื™ืช ืชืžื•ื ืช ืขื•ืœื ืžื•ื—ืœื˜ืช. ืืžืช ืจื“ื™ืงืœื™ืช ื ื™ืชืŸ ืœืžืฆื•ื, ื‘ืื•ืจื— ืคืจื“ื•ืงืกืœื™, ื‘ืกื•ื‘ื™ื™ืงื˜ื™ื‘ื™ื•ืช ืจื“ื™ืงืœื™ืช โ€“ ื‘ืงื“ื•ืฉืช ื ื˜ื™ื•ืช ื”ืœื‘ ื•ื”ืืžืช ืฉื‘ื“ืžื™ื•ืŸ.

ื”ืจืฉื• ืœื™ ืœืกืคืจ ืžืขื˜ ืขืœ ืขืฆืžื™, ืžืฉื•ื ืฉืื ื• ื”ื•ืœื›ื™ื ืœื‘ืœื•ืช ื™ื—ื“ ื‘ื™ืŸ ื“ืคื™ื ืืœื” ื–ืžืŸ ืžืžื•ืฉืš.

ืื ื™ ื ื—ืฉื‘ ืงืฆืช ืœื™ืœื“ ื”ืจืข. ื”ื•ืกืžื›ืชื™ ื›ืจื‘ ืื•ืจืชื•ื“ื•ืงืกื™ ืคืขืžื™ื™ื. ืื ื™ ืžืขื“ื™ืฃ ืœื”ื’ื“ื™ืจ ืืช ืขืฆืžื™ ื›”ืคื•ืกื˜-ื›ื™ืชืชื™”, ืžืฉื•ื ืฉืœืžื“ืชื™ ืฉืื ืืชื” ื”ื•ืœืš ืœืžื–ื’ ืขื•ืœืžื•ืช, ืื™ื ืš ื™ื›ื•ืœ ืœื”ื™ื“ื—ืก ืืœ ืชื•ืš ืขื•ืœื ืื—ื“ ื‘ืœื‘ื“. ืื™ืŸ ืœื™ ื–ืงืŸ ื›ืžื• ืœืจื‘ื™ื ืžื”ืื•ืจืชื•ื“ื•ืงืกื™ื, ืื‘ืœ ืื ื™ ื ื•ื”ื’ ืœื›ืกื•ืช ืืช ืจืืฉื™ ื‘ื›ื™ืคื”, ื›ืื•ืช ื›ื‘ื•ื“ ืœืืœื•ื”ื™ื. ืื ื™ ื ื•ื”ื’ ื‘ืžื›ื•ื ื™ืช, ืžื—ืœื™ืฃ ืกืจื˜ื™ื ื‘ื•ื•ื™ื“ื™ืื•, ืžืฉืชืžืฉ ื‘ื˜ืœืคื•ืŸ ื ื™ื™ื“, ืื‘ืœ ืœื ืขื•ืฉื” ื“ื‘ืจ ืžืืœื” ื‘ืฉื‘ืช. ืืฃ ืฉืื—ืช ืžื”ื ืื•ืชื™ ื”ื’ื“ื•ืœื•ืช ื”ื™ื ืœื—ืชืŸ, ืขื“ ืœืคื ื™ ื›ืžื” ืฉื ื™ื ื—ื™ื™ืชื™ ืœื‘ื“. ืขื–ื‘ืชื™ ืืช ื”ื‘ื™ืช ื‘ื’ื™ืœ ืฉืœื•ืฉ-ืขืฉืจื”, ื ื™ืฉืืชื™ ืฆืขื™ืจ ืžืื•ื“, ื•ืขื‘ืจืชื™ ื“ืจืš ื”ื™ื™ืกื•ืจื™ื , ืœืคื ื™ ืฉื”ืคื’ื™ืฉ ืื•ืชื™ ื”ื™ืงื•ื ืขื ืจืขื™ื™ืชื™, ื—ื™ื”. ืื ื™ ืชืœืžื™ื“ ื•ืžื•ืจื” ืฉืœ ืžืกื•ืจืช ืจื•ื—ื ื™ืช, ืื‘, ื‘ืขืœ ื•ื‘ืŸ ืื ื•ืฉ ืžืœื ืคื’ืžื™ื, ืื‘ืœ ืฉืžื—, ืžืœื ืชืงื•ื•ื” ื•ืœื”ื˜. ื”ื™ืชื” ืœื™ ื”ื–ื›ื•ืช ืœืœืžื“ ืืœืคื™ ืื ืฉื™ื; ืืช ื›ื•ืœื ืื ื™ ืื•ื”ื‘ ืžืื•ื“. ื™ืฉ ืœื™ ืชืœืžื™ื“ื™ื ื ืคืœืื™ื ื”ืžื›ื‘ื“ื™ื ืื•ืชื™ ื‘ืชื•ืืจ ืจื‘ื™, ืžื•ืจื”. ื”ื ื—ื•ืฉื‘ื™ื ืฉืื ื™ ื—ื›ื, ืžื‘ืจื™ืง ื•ื—ื•ืžืœ. ื‘ื“ืจืš ื›ืœืœ ืื ื™ ื—ื•ืฉื‘ ืฉื”ื ืžื˜ื•ืจืคื™ื ืฉื”ื ื—ื•ืฉื‘ื™ื ื›ื›ื”, ืืฃ ืฉืœืขืชื™ื ืื ื™ ืงื•ืœื˜ ื”ื‘ื–ืง ืฉืœ ืžื” ืฉื’ืจื ืœื”ื ืœืจื“ืช ืžื”ืคืกื™ื. ืื ื™ ืžืœื ืชื•ื“ื” ืœื”ื ืขืœ ื”ื›ื‘ื•ื“.

ื ืฉืื‘ืชื™ ืœื™ืฉืจืืœ ืœืคื ื™ ืฉืฉ-ืขืฉืจื” ืฉื ื”. ืขื‘ืจืชืชื™ ืืช ืฉืžื™, ื•ื™ื ื™ืืจื–, ืœืžืงื‘ื™ืœ ื”ืขื‘ืจื™, ื’ืคื ื™. ื ื”ื™ื™ืชื™ ื™ืฉืจืืœื™ ื ืœื”ื‘, ืืฃ ืฉื ืฉืืจืชื™ ื’ื ืืžืจื™ืงื ื™ ื’ืื” ื”ื—ื•ื’ื’ ืžื“ื™ ืฉื ื” ืืช ื—ื’ ื”ื”ื•ื“ื™ื” ื‘ื‘ื™ืชื• ื‘ื™ืฉืจืืœ. ื™ืฉ ื”ื—ื•ืฉื‘ื™ื ืฉื”ื”ื™ืกื˜ื•ืจื™ื” ื”ืื™ืฉื™ืช ืฉืœื™ ื”ื•ืคื›ืช ืื•ืชื™ ืœื‘ืœืชื™ ืžืชืื™ื ืœื›ื”ืŸ ื›ืจื‘ ืื•ืจืชื•ื“ื•ืงืกื™. ืื—ืจื™ื ื˜ื•ืขื ื™ื ืฉื“ื•ื•ืงื ื”ื ื™ืกื™ื•ืŸ ืฉืœื™ ื•ื›ื™ืฉื•ืจึทื™ ื”ื ื”ื”ื›ืฉืจื” ื”ืื•ืœื˜ื™ืžื˜ื™ื‘ื™ืช. ืื•ืœื™ ื’ื ืืœื” ื•ื’ื ืืœื” ืฆื•ื“ืงื™ื. ื‘ืืฉืจ ืœื™, ื”ืžืื‘ืง ืขื ืฉื’ื™ืื•ืช ื”ืขื‘ืจ ืฉืœื™ ืจืง ื”ืขืžื™ืง ืืช ื™ื“ื™ืขืชื™ ืืช ืืœื•ื”ื™ื, ื›ืžื• ื’ื ืืช ืืžื•ื ืชื™ ื‘ื• ื•ื‘ืขืฆืžื™.

ืžื” ืฉืื ื™ ื™ื•ื“ืข ืœื‘ื˜ื— ื”ื•ื ื–ื”: ืื™ื ื ื™ ื™ื›ื•ืœ ืœื—ื™ื•ืช ื‘ืœื™ ื”ืืœื•ื”ื™ื ืฉืœื™ ื•ื‘ืœื™ ืื•ืจื— ื—ื™ื™ ื”ืืžื•ื ื™, ื•ืื™ื ื ื™ ื™ื›ื•ืœ ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ื ืืžืŸ ืœืขืฆืžื™ ืœืœื ื”ื”ื•ืจืื”. ื‘ืกื•ืคื• ืฉืœ ื™ื•ื ื˜ื‘ื™ืขืช ื ืฉืžืชื™ ืงื•ืจืืช ืœื™ ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ืจื‘ื™, ืœื ืžืฉื•ื ืฉื‘ื—ืจืชื™ ื‘ื–ื”, ืืœื ืžืฉื•ื ืฉื–ื” ื‘ื—ืจ ื‘ื™. ื ื™ืกื™ืชื™ ืœืขื–ื•ื‘. ื‘ื™ืœื™ืชื™ ืฉืœื•ืฉ ืฉื ื™ื ื‘ืฉื™ื•ื•ืง ื”ื™ื™ื˜ืง, ืžืคื™ืฅ ืืช ื”ืžืœื” ื”ืื—ืจื•ื ื” ืฉืœ ืžืžืฉืงื™ ื”ืชื•ื›ื ื” ื•ืืช ื”ืื™ื ื˜ืจื ื˜ ืฉื”ืฉืชืœื˜ ืขืœ ื›ืœ ืคื™ืกืช ืžื—ืฉื‘. ืื‘ืœ ื”ืขื‘ื•ื“ื” ื”ื–ืืช ืœื ื™ื›ืœื” ืœื”ืฉืชื•ื•ืช ืขื ื”ื”ืฉืจืื” ื”ืื™ื ื˜ืœืงื˜ื•ืืœื™ืช ื•ื”ืจื•ื—ื ื™ืช, ืขื ื”ืืงืกื˜ื–ื” ื”ื˜ื”ื•ืจื” ืฉืœ ื”ื‘ื”ืœื” ื•ืขื ื”ืื™ื ื˜ื™ืžื™ื•ืช ื”ืขืžื•ืงื” ืขื ืืœื•ื”ื™ื, ืฉืขื˜ืคื• ืื•ืชื™ ื‘ื›ืœ ืคืขื ืฉืขืœื™ืชื™ ืœืงืชื“ืจื” ื›ื“ื™ ืœืœืžื“. ืื ื™ ืžื ื™ื— ืฉืื ื™ ื—ืฉ ืฉื ืงืจืืชื™. ื‘ื” ื‘ืขืช ืœืขืชื™ื ืงืจื•ื‘ื•ืช ืื ื™ ืžืจื’ื™ืฉ ื›ืœ ื›ืš ืœื ื›ืฉื™ืจ, ืฉืื ื™ ื ื‘ื•ืš ืœืžื•ืœ ื”ื”ืฉืชืงืคื•ืช ืฉืœื™ ื‘ืžืจืื”. ืื– ื”ื ื” ืื ื™: ืจื‘ื™ ืื•ืจืชื•ื“ื•ืงืกื™ ืคื•ืกื˜-ื›ื™ืชืชื™, ืขื ื™ืชืจื•ื ื•ืช ื•ื—ืกืจื•ื ื•ืช, ื”ืžื ืกื” ืœื”ื‘ื™ืŸ ืืช ื”ืขื•ืœื ืขืœ ื™ื“ื™ ื›ืš ืฉืื›ื™ืœ ืืช ื›ืœ ื”ืคืจื“ื•ืงืกื™ื ื•ืื™ ื”ืื™ื–ื•ื ื™ื ืฉืœื• ื›ืžื• ื’ื ืืช ืืœื” ืฉืœื™

 

ืขื ื›ืœ ื”ืžื˜ืขืŸ ื”ื–ื” ืื ื™ ื™ื•ืฆื ืœืžืกืข ืฉืœ ื—ื™ืคื•ืฉ ืžืฉืžืขื•ืช. ืื ื™ ืœื ืžืฉืชืžืฉ ื‘ืื•ืคื ื•ืข. ืื ื™ ื”ื•ืœืš ืœืžืฆื•ื ืืช ื”ื–ืŸ ืฉืœื™ ื“ืจืš ืกืจึทื™. ื‘ืฉื‘ื™ืœื™ ืœื™ืžื•ื“ ื”ื•ื ืœื ืžืฉื”ื• ืืงื“ืžื™ ื’ืจื™ื“ื; ื–ื”ื• ืžืกืข ื‘ื–ืžืŸ, ืคื•ืœืžื•ืก ื•ืžืขื•ืฃ ืืœ ื”ื›ื•ื›ื‘ื™ื. ืจืฉ”ื™, ืขืœ ืžื›ืชืžื™ื• ื”ืžื‘ืจื™ืงื™ื ื”ืžืชื™ื™ื—ืกื™ื ื›ืžืขื˜ ืœื›ืœ ืขื ื™ื™ืŸ ื‘ืžืงืจื ื•ื‘ืชืœืžื•ื“, ืžืžืฉื™ืš ืœืืชื’ืจ ืื•ืชื™. ื”ืจื‘ื™ ืžืื™ืฉื‘ื™ืฅ โ€“ ื”ืžื™ืกื˜ื™ืงืŸ ื”ืžื”ืคื›ื ื™ ื‘ืŸ ื”ืžืื” ื”ืชืฉืข-ืขืฉืจื” ืžืคื•ืœื™ืŸ โ€“ ืื•ื—ื– ื‘ื–ืจื•ืขื™ ื•ืœื•ื—ืฉ ื‘ืื•ื–ื ื™. ืจื‘ื™ ื ื—ืžืŸ ืžื‘ืจืกืœื‘ โ€“ ืžืชื™ื™ืกืจ, ืฉืžื— ื•ืžื•ืจื” ืฉื ื•ื™ ื‘ืžื—ืœื•ืงืช โ€“ ืžื•ืฉื™ื‘ ืื•ืชื™ ื•ืžืกืคืจ ืœื™ ืกื™ืคื•ืจ. ื•ื”ืืจ”ื™ ื”ืงื“ื•ืฉ ืคืฉื•ื˜ ืžืžืกืžืจ ืื•ืชื™ ื‘ืขื™ื ื™ื• ื”ื™ื•ืงื“ื•ืช ื•ื—ื•ื“ืจ ืœื ืฉืžืชื™. ืžืฉื” ื•ื™ืขืงื‘ ืžืชืจื•ืขืขื™ื ืขื ื‘ื•ื“ื”ื” ื•ื”ื‘ื•ื“ื”ื™ืกืื˜ื•ื•ืช. ื™ื•ื ื’ ืคื•ื’ืฉ ืืช ื”ื‘ืขืœ ืฉื ื˜ื•ื‘ ืขืœ ื“ืจืš ื›ืคืจื™ืช ืžืื•ื‘ืงืช.ืœืขืชื™ื ืื ื™ ื—ื•ืฉื‘ ืฉืื ื™ ืœื ื‘ืืžืช ืงื•ืจื ืืช ื”ืžื™ืชื•ืก ื”ืžืงืจืื™ โ€“ ืื ื™ ืจื•ืื” ืื•ืชื• ื›ืกืจื˜ ืชืœืช ืžืžื“ื™. ื™ื•ืชืจ ืžื–ื”, ืื ื™ ื”ื•ื ื”ืกืจื˜, ืžืฉื—ืง ื›ืœ ืื—ื“ ืžื”ืชืคืงื™ื“ื™ื. ื‘ืฉื‘ื™ืœื™ ืœื™ืžื•ื“ ื”ืžืงืจื ื”ื•ื ืœื ื˜ืงืก; ื–ื”ื• ืžืกืข ืื™ืฉื™ ืืœ ืขื•ืœื ืฉืœ ืžื•ืจื›ื‘ื•ืช, ื›ืื‘, ืื”ื‘ื”, ื‘ื’ื™ื“ื” ื•ืืคื™ื•ื ื™ื ืœืจื•ื‘ ืฉืœ ื‘ื ื™ ืื ื•ืฉ ื˜ื™ืคื•ืกื™ื™ื. ื‘ื ื™ ืื ื•ืฉ ืืœื” ืื™ื ื ืžื•ืฉืื™ ื”ืชื‘ื•ื ื ื•ืช, ืืœื ืžื•ืจื™ ื“ืจืš ื—ื™ื™ื ื”ืžื–ืžื™ื ื™ื ืื•ืชื ื• ืœืฉื™ื—ื” ืžืœืืช ืขื ื™ื™ืŸ.

ื”ืžืงื•ื‘ืœื™ื ืžืœืžื“ื™ื ืฉืื—ืช ื”ื“ืจื›ื™ื ืœืฉืžื•ืข ืืช ืืžื™ืชื•ืช ืงื•ืœืš ืฉืœืš ื”ื™ื ืœื”ื™ื›ื ืก ืœืฉื™ื—ื” ืขื ืžื•ืจื™ ื“ืจืš. ื”ื“ืžื•ื™ื•ืช ืžื”ืžื™ืชื•ืก ื”ืžืงืจืื™ ื”ืŸ ืžื•ืจื™ ื“ืจืš ื›ืืœื”. ืืœื” ื”ื ืื ืฉื™ื ืืžื™ืชื™ื™ื ืฉื—ื™ื• ื•ืื”ื‘ื•, ื•ื‘ื” ื‘ืขืช ื”ื ืกืžืœื™ื ื’ื“ื•ืœื™ื ืžื”ื—ื™ื™ื ืœื˜ื•ื‘ ื‘ื™ื•ืชืจ โ€“ ื•ืœืขืชื™ื ืœืจืข ื‘ื™ื•ืชืจ โ€“ ืฉื™ื›ื•ืœ ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ื‘ื ื•. ื‘ืืžื ื•ืช ื”ื™ื™ื—ื•ื“ื™ืช ืฉืœ ืœื™ืžื•ื“ ื”ืžื™ืชื•ืก ื”ืžืงืจืื™ ืื ื• ืงื•ืœื˜ื™ื ื—ื›ืžื” ืขืชื™ืงื” ื“ืจืš ืžื ืกืจืช ื”ื ืฉืžื•ืช ืฉืœื ื•. ืื™ืŸ ืืžื™ืชื•ืชื ืฉืœ ื”ืกื™ืคื•ืจื™ื ื”ืžื™ืชื™ื™ื ื™ื›ื•ืœื” ืœื“ื—ื•ืง ื”ื—ื•ืฆื” ืืช ื”ืกื™ืคื•ืจื™ื ืฉืœื ื• ืื• ืœืฉื™ื ืœืึทืœ ืืช ื”ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ื™ ื”ืžืœื ืฉืœ ื˜ื‘ื™ืขื•ืช ื ืฉืžืชื ื• ื”ื™ื™ื—ื•ื“ื™ื•ืช. ืœื—ื™ืœื•ืคื™ืŸ, ืื ื• ืžื•ื–ืžื ื™ื ืœื”ื˜ืžื™ืข ืืช ื—ื›ืžืช ื”ืงื“ืžื•ื ื™ื ื‘ืžืœื•ืช ืฉื™ืจื ื• ืฉืœื ื•

 

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