The following is an excerpt form a JWR article titled Truth Stands the Test of Time by Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein. In addition, the rabbi relates a fabulous story about the NYTimes which I urge you to read.
People think that the immediate gratification of materialism and physical pleasure brings a life of happiness, whilst we know that in fact it does not. All the things we are enslaved to are so transient; they are like grass that grows very quickly but withers. Only when we build our life on the good solid values of the Torah are we able to achieve that ultimate sense of meaning and satisfaction from life itself; as it says : "[The Torah] is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and those who uphold it are happy." (Proverbs 3:18). Only when we sink our roots deep into the nourishing soil of our Judaism, can we discover and nurture our true sense of balance, purpose, inner peace and happiness.
And this is the real secret of freedom, which we celebrate on Passover.
Read full article: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0411/goldstein_truth_passover.php3
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