Is There a Jewish Concept of Karma?



Karma has various meanings. Some define it as the law of causality: every action has an inevitable consequence, which will come to fruition in either this or a future life. Thus, morally good acts will have positive consequences, whereas bad acts will produce negative results and future suffering.  For some this relates to spiritual cosmic forces generated by our behavior. This obviously also touches on the issue of fate, destiny and free will. Karma for most others has evolved into a basic social phenomenon called vibes: the good or bad emanations we feel someone or something is generating.

In this unique discussion Rabbi Jacobson will explore and dissect the fundamental themes of predestination and predetermination, and the cause and effect of our behavior. Are our lives predetermined by the karma produced by previous actions? Do we believe in karma? Can we control our destiny? When we make a mistake can we change its consequences? Discover refreshing and surprising insights into the forces that shape our lives — and the forces that can transcend causality.


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