Crown of Existence

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Crown of Existence

July 24, 2017
Orit Esther Riter
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BS’D

There is an underlying universal message in all that happens in this world; one nation, one heart with one desire. We all lack something – the basis of all pain is that we are in exile away from home and apart from our truthful selves. The greatest suffering is ignorance; we remain oblivious to that which we truly desire. What do we really want? Happiness and pleasure.

The crown of existence hovers above our head and connects us to the endless source of Hashem’s light, Ohr Ein Sof. The Kabbalists call this our keter (crown); a link the infinite source of existence. Hidden in the crown are the jewels of creation; G-dly delight in its purest form. Hashem’s ‘wish’ for us is that we live with this lofty crown securely on our head at all times. However many of us love to shop the world and change the décor, jewels and color of our crown. Unfortunately, we often seek other pleasures and abandon our royal garb disregarding her inherent G-dly value.

Consequently, Hashem send us reminders of our lofty status in the form of rebuke. Hashem wishes to shower us with delight in its highest form; attachment to Him the source of all pleasure and happiness. Mi Bara Kol Ayleh – Who created all this? The answer is found in our crown. However unless we desire to wear our Heavenly garments we cannot experience true delight in this world and often may mistake fake alternatives for the real thing.

May today’s daily dose of emuna serve as an iluy nishmat for Yosef, Chaya and Elad Solomon HY’D who were brutally taken from this world this past Shabbat. May their souls bask in the Divine radiance with their royal crown of existence among all the righteous who have departed from this world, Amen.

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