November 2, 2016

“For my sake, the world was created.” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5)

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 4:33 am

I am a Miracle

Chapter 1:

“For my sake, the world was created.” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5)

“The day you were born is the day Hashem decided the world could not exist without you.” It is unclear who the actual author is of this quote however it’s meaning is strong and effective. The idea stems from a quote in the Mishnah that says, “For my sake, the world was created.” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5)

Hashem only creates something that is perfect for that very moment, imperfection really doesn’t exist in Hashem’s world. What may appear as imperfect or a blemished to us, is the completion of something far greater. Nothing appears in this world without a Devine plan for its existence. It exists because it is perfect, yet imperfect in a physical and practical sense so that it can complete some task or destiny.

Our minds are programmed to see the negative in situations. We feel pain both physically and emotionally because we were raised to interpret feelings in this way. If you see a beautiful flower, you find it appealing because you were told to think this way. A thorn bush on the other hand, you don’t feel connected too, you understand it in an appalling way even though it too is beautiful in its purpose.

A child raised on sugar treats their entire life has a sweet tooth for such items that follows him to adulthood. Someone who is raised on natural foods, interprets sugar as an overbearing sweetener that is unnecessary. These are only a few examples but the point in discussing them is to bring forward the idea that perfection is relative to one’s personal understanding and upbringing. Each person sees the world completely different and unfortunately usually in a very robotic way. People become closeminded as they only see the world through the eyes of their youth.

When we grow up, we start to recognize that we are creatures of habit. Some habits which lead us towards good things and others to bad. There are even some habits that are impossible to change because they have been planted inside our minds from a very young age. But not to worry, the first step in overcoming habitual thinking and action is recognizing its place in our life.

In order to make change, one must believe that change is possible. The evil inclination wants a person to believe that they can’t change the way they think or act. Believe it or not, most people have given up on themselves and of the idea of change. However, I know you’re not like that since you are reading this. But you must understand that most of the people you will meet in life won’t change drastically as they age. They will become set in their ways, every day will be repetitive, their relationships, marriages will slowly deteriate because to exist, to truly exist, one must embrace change every day.

“For my sake, the world was created.” Now we can understand this quote differently. The world was created for me because I share in its creation. I “create me” utilizing the treasure map that Hashem has provided. That map is the torah hakdosha.

Frequently, people refer to holy sages as “living sefer Torah’s”. It isn’t that they know all the Torah completely, that is an impossible attainment. Rather, their accomplishment is that they have attained the level of a creator. Now there is only one Hashem, no duaty, chas v shalom so I must clarify what I mean by a creator. Not only is a person the creator of their own destiny, meaning simply that we have free will to choose between good or bad, but Hashem has given the sages the key to the world.

Yaakov is the pillar of the Torah—”Yaakov was a simple man who sat in the tents of Torah” (25:27). Hashem reveals to Yaakov that his merit, the merit of the Torah, is very great. Ani—I am the G-d of Avraham and Yitzchak: I did not reveal to them the power of Anochi. But now: Behold Anochi—I am with you: Now that the pillar of Torah has been revealed to the world through you, you’re running the show. As long as you remain faithful to the Torah and it’s study, you and your progeny will have nothing to fear.
And Yaakov awoke from his sleep—don’t read ‘sleep,’ but rather ‘study.’ It was now clear to him, more than ever before, how great Torah study was, and its ability to change the course of history!
And he said, ‘Indeed Hashem is in this place,’—this much I knew already. Ve’anochi lo ya-da’ati—but I did not know the secret of Anochi—that with the Torah, Hashem has given us the ‘keys to the universe.’ [Techeles Mordechai]

So in conclusion, if a person has acquired torah, they should have everything they need in this world. Blessing will rain down upon them from Heaven and they will be satiated. But to aquire Torah one must have fear of Hashem. This is because you can’t come close to Hashem and change your life every day without fearing the idea of being in the exact same place you were the day before. The greatest fear that worries the sage is that tomorrow he will not have moved from today.

Most of us fear the end of our days for various reasons. To the sage, the thought of no longer pilling up mitzvos is unbearable. So he is constantly gathering more and more. This is why you see so many sages with many different projects. One sage could be in charge of a dozen charities or yeshivos. He also wants his mitzvos to be ones that continue after he is no longer around. This is the reason the Lubavitch Rebbe would always tell the people he gifted dollar bills too, that they should make sure to put it into a charity box somewhere. Because he understood that one should make sure their mitzvos should carry on further and further.

I know so many of you feel discouraged quite frequently. You feel like you’re stuck in a rut and not really moving. Your spiritual growth seems stagnant at best and you don’t feel like you’re much of a miracle to anyone. This is just not the way Hashem created you to think.

Society has tricked you into believing your habits should be acceptable when many are not. It has taught you that you aren’t perfect, that you aren’t a special miracle and that just is not true. You have not only the ability to be great in the future, your perfect right now as well. Most of your blemishes are just in the way your mind portrays the world. Faults that can just be reprogrammed with new software. The majority of the obstacles before you, the ones that are overwhelming your mind right now, they have very little importance. Rather the only thing that matters is that you are not the same person you are today, tomorrow. Now you don’t have to change leaps and bounds, in fact, the only thing expected of you is to accept the torah and life anew each day. With this thought alone, you will no longer be stagnant.

It is time to change the way you think of the world. Everyone around you is running towards the wrong life goals. Some want honor, some want wealth but you want to acquire the greatest treasure in the world, the torah. So why are you looking up to these people who don’t understand the tachlis of the world? Seeing them should cause you heartache, your nothing like them and should keep a distance from people who don’t understand the tachlis of life. What is even more remarkable is that once someone acquires the torah, honor and wealth runs after them. That is because the torah is designed to take care of a person. “It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:17-18) But the torah also understands what is good for a person and if wealth isn’t what is best, if a high position in the community isn’t going to sweeten your soul, the torah will protect you from these things. The Talmud (Sotah 21a) teaches that Torah study protects and saves a person from any peril. This peril came even be themselves.

So no longer be a victim of change but be a master of it. Renew your faith in Hashem that He is in charge of everything from beginning to end. Leave your heartache behind you and find freedom in the idea that Hashem has a greater plan. He after-all is the Creator, faith in Him also transfers into faith in yourself. Hashem wants you to believe that you can be great. That you can become a sage and holy person.