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What's all this business about being "G-d fearing"?

by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Fear of G-d has many levels.

When we say people are G-d fearing, we normally don't mean they live in fear that G-d might punch them out for doing the wrong thing. That's a quite shallow fear of G-d.

The real meaning of G-d fearing is fear of separation from G-d—just as an infant is afraid of being left alone by its mother. So too, a healthy soul realizes that certain actions will place a barrier between herself and her Beloved One above, and so she does what she can to avoid those actions.

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