Well, I’m studying for my final exam in “Shaping Messianic Jewish Theology,” an online course offered by the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (mjti.org). I’m going back over some things we read in Michael Wyschogrod’s The Body of Faith (full of great nuggets, but in many ways the book lacks coherence, tends to ramble, but worth the time and trouble anyway).
At any rate, getting to the point, Wyschgrod includes a nice parable near the end of the book. One of the Hasidic Masters (the leaders of mystical Judaism) asked God to show him heaven and hell.
God showed him that in hell the people cannot bend their arms. They are all starving to death because they cannot hold food and put it in their mouths without bendable arms.
Then God showed him heaven. The people there cannot bend their arms either. But they are well-fed. Why? Because they feed each other.
Gives a new insight, I think, on the centrality of Leviticus 19:18 (not to mention Genesis 4:9 and numerous other texts).
I know this is a theological blog, but love deserves its own theological books (and there are far too few). So let me ask, is your life more like this vision of hell or this vision of heaven?