“And You Shall Choose Life”


A gift idea for your dear friends in Israel. By Anat Schneider

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Book in Hebrew

I am pleased to announce that my new book “And you shall choose life” has been published in Hebrew and the distribution and sales are currently in full swing.

The book was born out of a personal need to make the Torah accessible for daily living. Literally, reading and understanding what the message of God’s Word is and what it teaches me about my life.

Writing the book transformed the Torah into a Book of Life for me. I began to understand in depth the never-ending wonder of the words of the living God. And that is what I wanted to pass on to readers through my book.

The book contains all the traditional weekly Torah portions found in the first five books of the Bible. I chose to arrange the excerpts in a different order according to the deep questions that arise. The book itself, like the Torah, is divided into five parts. Five categories reflect the order of our development as human beings: Decision, Consciousness, Faith, Guidance, and Love. These are the five pillars of our consciousness.

Choice, or decision is the starting point which leads to consciousness. When we make choices, and are conscious of that, the need to develop faith arises within us. Faith is what drives the characters in the Bible, and it is what drives us as human beings. When we believe and go our way in faith, the ability to take responsibility for our actions develops. When these qualities are ingrained in us, Love becomes our nature. Love is the oxygen that nourishes us even as we are commanded to love our God with all our hearts and with all our might. When we love, love radiates out of us enlarging the circle of love. And that’s what the whole Torah is all about.

This development of our character is born out of a deep understanding of the structure of the human psyche and expresses a universal process that a person goes through in his life.

The book is currently being translated from Hebrew into German and I estimate it will be ready in the spring. When I was at the Israel Today Happening in Switzerland a week ago, I presented the Hebrew edition to the participants. I was very surprised that in the course of the days some people came up to me and wanted to buy the book for their friends and acquaintances who live in Israel and speak Hebrew. This moved me very much and I understood that it might be worthwhile to offer it for sale to everyone as a gift idea for your dear friends in Israel.  – Anat Schneider

“The Lord had said to Abram: Go out of your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land that I will show you!” (Genesis 12)

The call “Lech Lecha – go out!”, as heard by Abraham, was not an invitation to an entertaining adventure. When we delve into the text, we understand how profound this commandment was and why Abram’s response earned him the title “Father of Faith”.

“Lech Lecha” could also be translated more literally as “Go ye” or “Go to yourself” or “Go for you”. The command is not just to go to a specific place. It also includes the instruction to come to the hidden place within us that embodies our life experiences. “Lech Lecha” calls for you to examine your internal situation. What patterns and habits do we have? Which ones no longer serve us? What needs to be changed in our behavior?

Change is real work in ourselves. This is work that God asks of us – to keep developing, learning, expanding, growing. “Lech Lecha” is an expression of coming together, of acknowledging ourselves. We are responsible for our situation, for better or for worse. The work of deep consciousness embodied in “Lech Lecha” confronts us with the choice of what we want to leave behind.

Two simple words are actually a call to a conscious life. “Lech Lecha” calls you to the places that are hidden within you. Go (“Lech Lecha”) go to your mission, which is only possible from a deep inner connection. Go (“Lech Lecha”) to the unknown: Go and meet yourself , for better or for worse!

One of the names of God is reminiscent of “place.” We want to connect to the place of hearing the divine voice, a voice that always wants our highest good. It is a quiet voice and when we learn to listen to it, it becomes present in our lives and leads us to places that are good for our development.

An example of the double meaning of the word “place” can be found in the Book of Esther. When Mordecai expects Esther to put herself in danger for the sake of the Jewish people, he says: “If you keep silent at this point, redemption for the Jews will come from another place.”

Is this a physical place or is Mordecai talking about God?

When we are connected to this place, joy wells up in us. We receive a sign that this is our perfect state. Then I feel like I’m multiplying like stars in the sky. This only occurs when there is a belief in me that there is more than meets the eye.

But back to Abram: The commandment does not stop at “Lech Lecha”. It calls for the exit from the known and the comfort, from the “house of your father”. Leaving the comfort zone is not easy, but necessary for development.

I still remember my children walking out of the house. In Israel, most young men and women join the army at the age of eighteen. My children were officers and their service lasted almost five years. After completing their army service, they returned home to find that the house was no longer as comfortable as it used to be and that they had changed. They were now adults who should and wanted to, find their own place. And that’s not an easy thing. Such a move requires money, discipline, ambition, motivation, and confidence.

Despite all the difficulties, leaving the comfort zone helped them discover themselves, develop and find their own way.

Now when we read “Go out of your country, your people and your father‘s household” we understand how strong Abram’s faith was. Abram, the great example of faith, was ready to embark on a twofold journey: an inner journey and an outer journey. The change that he himself went through was also manifested in the change in his name: “No longer will you be called Abram, your name will be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many peoples.”(Genesis 17:5)

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