Justice

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice is the concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, fairness, religion and/or equity. Each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive total system of equal basic liberties compatible with a similar system of liberty for all.

Man oh man, does that sound good, or what? Imagine a world where that definition of justice and Reverend King’s belief actually existed. “What a wonderful world it would be – Herman’s Hermits – 1960′s.” For the purpose of this message, I would like to propose that we need not scope the globe for universal justice, but rather, we look inside and see if we treat ourselves with justice. Are we morally and ethically right within because if we are to be that way externally and hold others to a higher standard, we must first see ourselves in that way.

What basic freedoms do I entitle myself to have? Do I accept my right to racial and religious freedom? Do I truly believe that the color of my skin does not matter and that I have total access to opportunity? Do I truly practice religious tolerance and freedom and do I believe I am free to find a God (whatever that means) I believe in? Am I free within to love myself and let you love me as I am with no expectations? Just where does my justice start within me, for outwardly I know what I say, but inwardly, what do I do?

My decision to become ordained as a Rabbi took many years as I needed to heal my insides so I could be the person I was going to speak about. I hated the pulpit for many years as it was used to judge and condemn rather than love and accept. As an active addict I did to others what the pulpit did to me. 
Entering recovery in 1988 and getting sober, out me on a spiritual path of self forgiveness, love and acceptance. When I reached those places inside me, I was now ready to begin helping others find that place inside them because I now understood what it meant to do so based on my own experience.
Anytime I commit an act of injustice (and I do) I threaten myself with the loss of my own freedoms and leave others to commit injustices towards me. I must continually strive to make improvements in myself if I am to truly be a just person and treat you with justice. I deserve that from myself and you deserve that from me. Anything less is wholly unacceptable!

My prayer for you today is that you journey within to seek your justice so that you may give it away freely to all who deserve it.

I am a modern and independent South Florida Sober Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 23+ years of sobriety providing Sober Coaching and Addiction/Spiritual Counseling focusing on energizing, affirming, motivating, healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events. 
If you, a family member or friend are suffering, call me at 954-755-3764 to get the help you deserve.
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Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!
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