Tremendous forces stir in the well of human nature and particularly in the Jewish soul, the Neshamah. Yet all too often we bring only a portion of ourselves to our families, to our spouses, to our children, to our Jewishness. If each of us is brimming with a wealth of talent and ability, why do many of us never express it?
To answer this question we draw upon the Midrashic interpretation of a seemingly obscure biblical tale, an anecdote about the Baal Shem Tov, the two words a Jew should never utter, and a powerful story of the Rebbe. Picasso’s witty but profound remark, a humorous anecdote about the 3-day a year Jew, and a record-breaking event in the 1950’s help bring home the point.
Like our ancestors, we continue to wrestle with the world. We have wrestled with idolatry, paganism, with dispersion and persecution. On a personal level, each of us wrestles with difficulty in the dark night of the soul. Yet the Jew never gives up and is never defeated. Like our ancestors, we refuse to relent until we have turned challenge into renewed strength. Let us begin today to heed the call of the Shofar, calling upon us to uncover our Well of Inspiration.