The grandson of Rabbi Baruch, Yehiel, burst into tears in his room.
“Yehiel, Yehiel, why these tears? Why are you crying?”
“My friend cheated, it’s not just grandpa, it’s not fair for a friend to cheat!”
“But what did your friend do?”
“We were playing hide-and-seek. I hid so well that he could not find me; so he stopped playing, he did not look for me anymore. Do you understand, grandpa? I hid and he did not look for me. It’s not fair!”
Rabbi Baroukh, upset, began to caress the boy’s head, and tears flowed from his eyes:
“God, too, Yehiel,”he murmured, “God is sad too. God hides, and human beings do not seek Him. Do you understand, little Yehiel? God hides and humans do not even bother to look for Him. “
Guaranteed ways to miss the hidden God
- Live your life at high speed. No exceptions. Run hard.
- Stay scattered and distracted. The more clutter and activity, the better.
- Take everything personally. Never evaluate. Agree.
- Use blame liberally. It’s so invigorating. I wasn’t responsible, you were. Everything’s your fault.
- Don’t laugh, especially at yourself.
- Stay tied to your past. Elevate it to greatness. Live remembering and longing. Or missing. Why do it halfway? Go for it.
- Use the word ‘because.’ ‘I can’t change, because.’ Because is so little appreciated as a solvent for responsibility. Try using because. This will work.
- Never question or think for yourself. Just keep moving and accepting. (Refer to #1 and #3.)
- Continue to think of God as invisible and distant. Surely not present in this room. At this moment. Not while I’m reading a book.
- Reinforce the belief that your life is going to happen soon. This is not it, not yet. But one day. Maybe when I finish reading.