Section: Avodah Category: Ahavas Yisroel
|You Don't Need To Be The Chozeh Of Lublin To See A Star|
|The Chozeh of Lublin was said to have been able to see from one end of the world to the other. We can't see more than a few feet in front of us, or could we? |
Well, the circumference of the world is about 25,000 miles, meaning that the furthest point away from us is only half of that. Granted there is a horizon, but we don't even see nearly that far. The moon which we easily see, is ten times further at nearly 250,000 miles, depending on time and season. The sun is 93 million miles away or 370 times further than the moon and we have no trouble seeing that. We can even see with our naked eye a star named Deneb which is 3200 light years away or 18 quadrillion miles (17 digits).
So the question is why can we not see even miniscule distances on earth, and why was the Chozeh able to? I think we can all answer this question fairly easily. Have you ever been really frustrated looking for something at home or in the grocery, that was right in front of your eyes? Why didn't you see it? Because eyes don't act in a vacuum. They are connected to a brain. In order to see, the eye must look and the brain must perceive.
We can all see Hashem's presence in everything with our eyes. But it won't help if we are looking but not seeing. Eiynayim Lahem V'lo Yiru, you can have eyes that don't see anything. It takes the Kedusha of a Chozeh to see the light emanating from every action and every part of the Bria. But that just isn't us.
However there are things that cast a bright light much closer to home that we don't really have any excuse not to see. We should easily be able to see the brilliantly lit neshamos of the people around us. Everybody we know or meet has surely done enough good to make their holy neshamos light up an entire universe. How strange that often we only notice the few specs of dirt that they have accumulated and manage not to notice the incredible light that emanate from them.
We could easily see the glow of a person passing us in the street or the new face in Shul, at the feeling that someone cared enough to say good morning or hello. We can't possibly miss the burning sensation of our children who feel neglected by a person so integral in their lives, when our busy schedules leave them off our agenda for extended periods. We shouldn't miss the searing fire that we set off in the people closest to us, including our spouses, with some of our actions and behaviors.
We may not be able to see around the world, but because we are capable of seeing things quadrillions of miles away, we should really open up our eyes to the things that are even brighter than a star and right under our nose.