When we echo G-d’s boundless kindness, we echo Redemption itself. * Mashiach’s arrival hinges on the pocket of our hearts, not our wallets. * On Tanya for 5 Elul.
What is the real measure of a person's generosity? Tanya, in its profound wisdom, examines the depth of G-d’s infinite kindness and draws a parallel to humanity's potential for boundless giving. "The kindnesses of G-d have surely not ended...Because we are not perfect...we need to conduct ourselves in accordance with ‘G-d’s kindnesses,’ that are without limit or end." This text underscores a provocative notion: could it be that the more imperfect and flawed we recognize ourselves to be, the more we are beckoned to show unlimited compassion to others?
But what does "unbounded kindness" truly mean in our finite, human terms?
The Zohar, that mystical reservoir of Jewish thought, elucidates on the idea of tzedakah (charity) as a means of connecting with the divine. In the Zohar's poetic language, every act of giving becomes a bridge between the earthly and the heavenly. Rabbi Schneur Zalman, in his classic work, "Likkutei Amarim," expounds upon this, suggesting that our small acts of charity are a reflection of G-d's grand acts of benevolence, linking our souls directly to the Infinite.
Imagine, for a moment, walking past a homeless person on a frigid winter day. You might think you only have a large bill in your wallet, possibly too much to give away casually. But then you remember the teaching from Tanya about emulating G-d’s boundless kindness. So, instead of walking by, you reach into your wallet and give, not because you have to, but because that act resonates with a deeper truth.
Such moments, when faced with the choice to mirror divine benevolence, bridge millennia of ancient wisdom with our modern existence. As we stand on the cusp of a redeemed world, every act of generosity, no matter how small, brings us a step closer. Perhaps the next time you're faced with an opportunity to give, whether it's your time, your money, or your kindness, remember: you're not just helping another human being; you're bringing the world one step closer to redemption.
So, as the sun sets and another day dawns, let's ask ourselves: How will I show boundless kindness today?