There's a unique spiritual jackpot waiting for you. Seek it, find it, live it. * On Tanya for 24 Menachem Av.
Imagine for a moment: the universe is a grand, cosmic lottery. But unlike the Powerball or the Mega Millions, this lottery isn’t about winning cash; it’s about finding and embracing your unique spiritual path. Every ball that floats in this vast expanse has inscribed upon it a divine commandment, a special task, a unique aspect of your soul's journey.
In the Tanya, a fundamental work of Chassidic thought, it’s taught:
"וּכְמַאֲמַר רַבּוֹתֵינוּ־זִכְרוֹנָם־לִבְרָכָה: 'אֲבוּךְ בְּמַאי הֲוֵי זָהִיר טְפֵי, אָמַר לֵיהּ בְּצִיצִית כוּ'." - "Our sages, of blessed memory, said, 'What was your father especially careful about? He replied: The commandment of tzitzit, etc.'"
Everyone has their "tzitzit"—their particular spiritual calling. Your spiritual task is uniquely tailored for you, waiting to be discovered, embraced, and lived.
The wisdom of King Solomon in Proverbs echoes this: "דֶּרֶךְ־אִ֥ישׁ בְּלֵבָ֑ב וַ֝יהוָ֗ה יָכִ֥ין צַעֲדֽוֹ׃" - "A man's heart devises his way, but the LORD directs his steps." We might have many plans, but there's a divine plan, a lottery, designed just for us.
The Baal Shem Tov teaches that every leaf that falls, every wind that blows, has a divine reason and a purpose. How much more so does our unique spiritual task have a profound purpose in G-d's plan?
This is not just about fate; it’s about active discovery. The Rambam, Maimonides, once declared, "אל תחפש האמת במקום אחר; היא בך" – "Do not seek the truth elsewhere; it is within you." It's a journey to delve into the self, to understand one's unique position in this grand, cosmic lottery.
So, as you go about your day, your week, your life—remember: there's a unique spiritual jackpot waiting for you. Seek it, find it, and live it. Your Avodas Hashem, your divine service, is a personal, tailor-made journey. Dive deep into it and let it illuminate your path.