Even in our darkest moments, we carry a hidden potential for transformation and connection with the Divine. * On the Tanya study for 14 Tammuz
In Tanya, we encounter the concept of the "point of light," a notion that reminds us of the infinite potential residing within each one of us. It reveals that no matter how dark or challenging our circumstances may seem, there is always a radiant spark of Divinity within us, waiting to be ignited.
This concept finds resonance in the classic Torah commentary as well. In the Book of Exodus, during the episode of the Golden Calf, we witness a profound dichotomy. As the Israelites descend into the depths of idolatry and despair, Moses ascends Mount Sinai to receive the second set of tablets. These contrasting scenes convey a timeless lesson.
The Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism, explained that the Golden Calf represented the external layers of impurity that had temporarily clouded the Israelites' inner essence. Yet, Moses, by ascending the mountain, embodied the power of the "point of light" within him, manifesting the potential for redemption and transformation.
Moreover, the Kabbalistic teaching of the "Tzimtzum" further deepens our understanding. The "Tzimtzum" describes how the Infinite Divine Light contracted to create space for the universe to exist. In essence, it signifies that even within the vastness of creation, there exists a concealed spark of the Divine, waiting to be revealed.
When we apply these teachings to our own lives, we realize that even in our darkest moments, we carry within us a divine spark, an unbounded potential to rise above adversity and achieve greatness. It serves as a reminder that no matter how challenging our circumstances may be, there is always hope for transformation, growth, and connection with the Divine.
Let us take a moment today, on this significant day of 14 Tammuz, to reflect on the "point of light" within us. In our study of Tanya, as we delve into its teachings and absorb its wisdom, may we awaken that inner spark, igniting it with passion and purpose. Let us strive to connect with our true essence, casting aside the superficial distractions that may temporarily conceal our inner light.
Remember, within each one of us lies a spark of the Divine, waiting to illuminate the world. Let us embrace this truth and embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and the fulfillment of our spiritual potential.