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Do you have the vision?

Thursday, 11 July, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Has your life been one of visible blessing lately? Or has your life been one of great challenge recently?

Life is often exhausting with its twists and turns, riding the highs, surviving the lows, choices, decisions and just the day to day routine. Considering the journey, many people choose to just live life. They say "I just want to get through the day (week, month, year)". They just want to get the kids through school. They just want to get through the next tax season. It seems that life is either a give up game where you make the best of what you have or a waiting game for the next big excitement.

This Shabbat, the Shabbat before Tisha B'Av (the day we commemorate the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem) is called Shabbat Chazon - a Shabbat of vision. It is so called for the opening words of the Haftorah but also on account of the saying by Chasidic Master R. Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev that on this Shabbat a vision of the 3 Beit Hamikdash (Temple) is shown to each Jew.

Of what value is this vision if we can't actually see it?

Like our soul within us which we can't see but yet it serves as the anchor which never lets us get comfortable with living a narcissistic, indulgent life the vision serves as a spiritual subconscious. The vision allows us in the day to day journey of life, strive for the bigger picture. It allows us to see that although our actions are very local and seemingly insignificant they are part of a much larger vision; the transformation of the world.

The choice is ours. Do we allow ourselves, even perhaps contentedly and happily accept that life is just this journey to get through? Or do we have the vision; the vision to see our actions as part of a greater goal? Do we have the vision to leave our comfort zone and do things that not only serve our body but serve our soul as well? Do we have the vision to think BIG, to take the leap out of our comfort zone and do something for the good of the world?

Do you have the vision?

Have a great week!

Rabbi Schusterman

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