Rabbi Groysman

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My Philosophy

Most often those congregation members who interview rabbis are primarily concerned about their looks or age rather than the simple, but the most important consideration, “Why did you become a Rabbi?” Based on my conviction that this question should always be asked, I will try to explain why I became a Rabbi and what kind of Rabbi I would like to be.Since my earliest memories, I always felt that life without a mission has no meaning.Finding or recognizing this mission may be the most challenging task we face during our life. Only those who can find their mission can call themselves truly blessed.We live a relatively short time on this earth. What we do during our physical life makes us good or bad. What we do with our spiritual life makes us righteous or evil. In simple terms I could compare our life to a campfire, where the wood is our physical and the flame is our spiritual life. Just as our life, the campfire has limited time; it cannot burn forever. If the flames are big, the light is bright. It warms us and helps us to find our way in the dark. Yes, it may not last long, but during its lifetime it will do lots of good. On the other hand, the flame can be diminished to smoke. Of course it will last longer, but it won’t help people, and will not serve the purpose. The role of the Rabbi is to provide this spiritual fire. The light of this fire will help people find their way to God and Torah. The warmth of this fire will help people feel love and care for the Creator.A hypocritical Rabbi, by lies and deception, turns people away from God by creating spiritual smoke. The smoke is dangerous and hazardous for anyone who seeks spirituality because it destroys the most precious part of our being, the soul.  It makes us a cynical, selfish, and ignorant people. The hypocritical Rabbi commits a sin, “spiritual malpractice”. In a way, spiritual malpractice is more dangerous than medical malpractice because if a doctor commits misconduct, it may affect only his patient. If clergy commits misconduct, it will affect generations. The life of a Rabbi should be a personal example of spiritual life, leadership and dedication to people's needs. A genuine approach to a problem creates trust and faith. Without this foundation, the clergy has no chance for success. I wanted to be a Rabbi, because I found my purpose and mission. My strong belief in God, genuine love for Judaism, and my life’s experience, gives me unique perspective and opportunity. I see my purpose as a Rabbi to teach, to serve, and to inspire people in search of God and spirituality. My mission is to illuminate their life with the wisdom of the Torah.May God bless all his children and especially those who dedicate their lives to bring light and inspiration to all of us.