Michael Leopold

“Marriage is your half of your soul connecting with your missing half and becoming a new entity. It’s ‘How can I help someone else become a better person at the same time?’ moving from a self to selfless.”

Thank G-d I’m married. I got three kids. Being married is interesting because at least within Jewish-religious thought, getting married is your half of your soul connecting with your other missing half out there and becoming a new entity. So it’s not really like having a roommate. You’re kind of stuck with them, contractually and spiritually.

You move from your life being about you to your life being about you plus someone else. Now it’s “how can I actively help someone else become a better person at the same time?” Moving from a self to selfless.

Kids didn’t really impact my faith, it’s what you’re supposed to do. It’s not just for Jewish people, it’s for everyone in the world. In the beginning, Genesis talks about that HaShem, G-d – in Judaism you say HaShem instead of God. It’s more of a formal title than like, “Hey, bro.” When HaShem created the world, He said, He’s putting in animals and putting people. He said, “Hey, you’re supposed to populate and run the world.” And so it was with Adam and Eve. Then there’s Noah, and the flood happened, and HaShem told Noah, “You’ve got to repopulate.” I don’t know the English word for conquering and taking over the world, but the idea is populating the world to be good shepherds of the world.

 

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