Friday, May 11, 2012

What Is My Mission In Life? Why Am I Here?


I've been enjoying the blog posts from Rav Menachem at Absolute Truth 613, and I know a lot of you are doing the same.

The other day, he wrote about discovering our mission in life, and one of the ways in which this can be done is by looking at your birthdate, checking what that week's Parsha was, and then finding the Aliyah for the particular day you were born.  The easiest way to do this on the internet is by first discovering the parsha of your date of birth, by going to Hebrew Calendar and entering in your birth year and month, then checking the box ''Weekly Sedrot on Saturdays''.  Then click ''Preview Calendar'' and you will see the Parsha for the week listed under Saturday.

Now you know your birth Parsha, you can easily find the Aliyah for the day of the week you were born by going to the Chabad Parsha page, Click onto your Parsha, then onto ''text of parsha with Rashi'' [Rashi's commentary may help shed some extra light] -  and you will see at the top of the page there are Seven Portions, representing each day of the week.  The first portion relates to Sunday, second to Monday etc.

The text you will find there relates to you, somehow.  I must admit that finding mine didn't bring me any closer to discovering my mission in life, as I couldn't really relate any of it to my life's circumstances.  Sometimes, though, it can be very obvious, and the text will strongly resonate with you.

There is another way to discover what your mission in life is, and that is by looking at the things that are the hardest for you to do.  Those things that are the most difficult are the very reason we were re-incarnated - in order to rectify them. For more info on this see Rectifying Past Lives.

14 comments:

  1. I have had quite a few people Email me their birth dates and I am happy to say we saw some very wonderful and even spooky results. I agree that sometimes it is not so obvious, but I do believe the information is in there. Thank you for the calendar website -- I should have included something similar when I wrote the post. Thank you for your mentioning my blog post. It was a sneaky way to get people to open their chumash which means I appreciate your helping me with my sneakiness. You should know that I never miss reading your blog and have recommended it to many. Keep us the good work.
    Menachem

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  2. What if you are 14 Nissan, there seems to be no Parsha listed that Shabbat, please explain how it would work then....or are we off the hook?

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    1. Good question. I hope someone can answer it.

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  3. May it be refered to R Menachem?

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    1. I am happy to talk to anyone (I'm just a friendly type of guy). I am not sure and still investigating what one does if the parsha is a Yom Tov. I already have discussed this with one Rav who didn't know. Why I am so anxious to find out is my wife, daughter-in-law and oldest grandson all were born the week before Rosh Hashana (different years). When I checked the Aliyah that represents my wife's birth date, it told of Sarah giving birth to Isaac when Abraham was 100 years old. When I told my wife that she will be giving me another son when I am 100 she laughed (which is exactly what Sarah did -- what a coincidence). In other words, I don't know if that is legitimate for someone born before a Shabbos Yom Tov and if it is, I am not sure of how to interpret every Aliyah. My wife is talking to me again, however.
      Rav Menachem (you should hear the name my wife called me -- on second thought, no you shouldn't).

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  4. Those who read Rabbi Menachem's blog please post and thank him for sharing so much goodness to us.

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  5. A rabbi here says that one knows what one should do in one's life by looking at what one is good at. It appears that Hashem gives us test/s as well as strengths to work on ourselves.

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  6. Devorah - I found the following link to be more friendly user AND I am happy to see the results. Let me explain. 1st the link(s)to my birthday (a convert I am as you know - erev shavous 2004)

    http://www.chabad.org/calendar/birthday_cdo/aid/6228/jewish/Jewish-Birthday.htm

    then, http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/519855/jewish/Aliya-Summary.htm

    Mine is the 3rd aliya which reads: Third Aliyah: Now that G‑d's presence graces the Tabernacle, G‑d instructs the Jewish people to banish certain ritually impure individuals from their encampments. Most of them were only barred from entering the Tabernacle area and its immediate environs. Only one who suffered from tzara'at ("leprosy") was sent out of the general encampment. This section then discusses the restitution and Temple sacrifice required of one who robs his fellow and then falsely swears to maintain his innocence. If one robs a convert who then dies without leaving any heirs, the restitution is made to a priest. Also included in this section is the mitzvah to verbally confess one's sins, and a person's right to select a priest of his liking to whom to give the various required priestly gifts.

    What does this mean to me? Perhaps I was the convert that died? Perhaps I was the one that robbed the convert? I am trying to tie in Rabbi Katz reading of my name on his site and now the above. Perhaps Rabbi Menachem can help with the understanding of this.

    Have a great Shabbos!

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  7. Since I discovered the Absolute Truth ;-) I read it every day. I so appreciate the information shared. It's priceless. Thank you Rav Menachem ...

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  8. This is Anon101. Thank you so much. I am in the process of doing Teshuva. Part of my accounting of my soul before I go to sleep is this. It makes sense for me. I hope it does for everyone else. It surely is NOT to steal, cheat and do everything to get rich and live like an animal in the zoo. Look at the lion in the Bronx zoo. He has food, water, lays in the sun. No stress. No mortgage, no worries about retirement, etc.

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  9. Thanks for posting this. My birthday parsha is Shemeni. I did not know this and it just so happens I came to ISrael on you guessed it parsha SHemini. Way cool. Although I had to convert since I was not considered halachically JEwish so my conversion birthday is parsha Pinchas and the aliyah is about the daughters of Tselophehad which I totally relate to. Now looking into the aliyas of loved ones. Great way to learn Torah.

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    1. Someone told me to make sure that the Parsha is the one that is read in Israel, sometimes the one in the diaspora is different to Israel, so maybe everyone should re-check that your parsha is according to the Israeli version of things. There is an option at the Hebrew Calendar link for this.

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  10. Thanks so much for your taking the time to blog about this and providing the links. I was asked what my mission was and I found it hard to put into words. After following your instructions I was lead to read the story of Joseph. After reading, I was able to form my mission into words and realize I have been on this path my whole life without realizing it. In words: "To fulfill my dreams by helping others fulfill theirs despite failures and disappointments." With love and respect, Eileen

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