Upon returning home from Kotzk, Reb Leibel Eger was asked by his father, Rabbi Shlomo, what he had learned in Kotzk. Reb Leibel replied: I learned three things; a man is a man, and an angel is an angel; if a man wants it enough, he can be higher than an angel; and that G-d created the Beginning (Bereishis), just the Beginning. Everything else, He left up to man to complete.
A person can sometimes think: How can I be expected to improve the world through my own effort when G-d created it just as it is. Why am I responsible to help the poor and the hungry? If G-d made it the way it is, there must be a reason to leave it, just as it is! If G-d made it as it is, perhaps I should go along and support status quo!! The answer is in the words of creation itself.
It doesn’t say in the Bible, “….what G-d created and DID”. It says,” …What created to BE DONE”. The ultimate intention G-d had and expects of human beings is “….to be done… “ We must search for those areas that are waiting for our input, and through our effort we fulfill the purpose of creation, (and receive the remuneration and blessings that come with this accomplishment).
The strength and ability is given to every individual, through his/her own effort to improve that which is lacking and bring his surroundings to perfection, “under the sovereignty of G-d”.
The first step in improving the world in its unfinished state is right there in the first few words of the Bible – Beraishis Bara Elokim…..”In the beginning”, we must reveal the G-dliness that exists in the heavens and in the earth.
Whether its “spiritual” in the heavens, or physical and materialistic on “earth”, revealing the G-dliness in everything uncovers and peels away the element that is restricting holiness and full blessings. The surface we are forced to live with in our existence is just that, superficial and no more than skin deep. The surface is the lie, most people are satisfied to live with!!
One sure way of accomplishing this, is by starting the day with our prayers, and meditating on how down to the smallest particle, G-d is involved. Otherwise, how would anything operate with such incredible design and precision??
The more one is in tune with the pure spark of G-dliness within the universe, down at the level which is deeper than sub atomic, deeper than the quantum level, once a person connects with the deep truth that it is all G-d Himself, a person will personally experience the security of benevolent design and goodness that is in every aspect of one’s life.
The greatest assistance in being able to succeed in this quest comes by observing the Shabbat. “And Elokim ended on the seventh day….”
While the entire week we are forced to work with and together with worldliness, that day of Shabbat is when Elokim, the force of restrictedness is withdrawn and we get a chance to vacation in an oasis of time, in peace and tranquility. No lying world. A day with the source of creation Himself.
Shabbat when experienced as dictated by our Holy Torah affords a person the opportunity to refresh his mindset, recharge his physical, emotional, and psychological batteries together with his/her family, so the coming week is even more successful and accomplishing than the past week.
Come join our classes and learn more how YOU can actually discover & experience all of the above.