Every Jew has the innate power to offer his life for the Torah. * When we tap into our inherited strength, we become ambassadors for moral courage and ethical fortitude. * On the Hayom Yom entry for 21 Elul.
Imagine you are holding a treasure, a family heirloom that has been passed down for generations. You hold it close, knowing its invaluable worth. This is not just a material object, but a treasure of immeasurable spiritual value—the faith instilled in you from the time of Abraham.
The Hayom Yom entry for 21 Elul reminds us that our patriarch Abraham's dedication to the oneness of G-d granted each of his descendants a potent legacy: "pure faith in G-d and His Torah." This purity of faith allows every Jew "the power and fortitude to offer his life for the holy Torah." With this foundational belief, the question arises: How can we channel this inborn legacy into actionable faith in today's world?
In Tanya, the seminal text of Chabad philosophy, Chapter 18 and Chapter 25 explore this concept of innate faith. The book teaches that the Jewish soul is a "part of G-d above," and this forms the basis for the resilience and faith that characterize the Jewish people. In other words, our ability to face challenges and even to sacrifice comes from this deeply rooted connection.
The Talmud (Kiddushin 30b) states, "Every Jew is responsible for one another." In this time of increasing ethical and moral dilemmas, our inborn legacy calls us to rise, not just for our personal spiritual elevation, but also for the collective well-being of our community. When we live by the Torah's teachings, we make real the faith handed down to us, becoming living testaments to Abraham's legacy.
In today's context, this eternal insight can guide us in various aspects of life, be it standing up against injustice, ensuring honesty in business dealings, or nurturing kindness and compassion in social relations. And while the world awaits the coming of the Moshiach, the ideals of justice and righteousness that he will embody are ideals that we can champion right now, inspired by the pure faith within us.
As you go about your daily tasks, remember that you carry within you a legacy of faith that empowers you to act with moral courage and ethical fortitude. By being mindful of this, you not only pay tribute to your ancestors but also contribute to shaping a world where the values of the Torah are brought to life. In doing so, we prepare ourselves and the world for a time when these eternal truths will be the guiding principles for all.