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Unlocking Holiness
A Spiritual Awakening

"Be holy, for I am holy."(Leviticus,19,2)
This is the call from the Creator to us.

It is not a call for us to isolate ourselves but rather an invitation to be united with Him. He is the only Holy One and Desires us to share in His holiness. This happens through a relationship and dialogue with Him, which bridges the gap between the Creator and the created, making us part of something greater.

This teaches us that holiness is not a mystical task, magic, or mystery. The task of holiness is to relate to the Holy One, Blessed Be He, as a friend, and not coincidentally, in the same section where we are commanded to be holy, the verse says, "How do we become holy? "And you shall love your fellow as yourself"(Leviticus,19,18).
Perhaps it is said - what is "and you shall love your fellow"?
"Your fellow" is a person like you; just as you are a person, you should honor and love the other person. However, our Sages in the Talmud surprised us with additional meaning. They tell us that the term "fellow" also refers to the Holy One, Blessed Be He; He too is your fellow. And this is truly hinted at in the verse, "And you shall love your fellow as yourself; I am the Lord"(Leviticus,19,18). The Lord also wants to be treated as a fellow. So it turns out that the moral task of man is divided into three relationships: between man and his fellow, between man and the place, and between man and himself, and only when all three dimensions exist does a person reach the completion of his moral identity.


This is already stated in the verse if we look at it closely: "And you shall love your fellow" is between man and his fellow, "as yourself" is between man and himself, and the end of the verse - "I am the Lord" is between man and the Creator. A person cannot love his fellow if he doesn't love himself; he cannot love himself if he does not love the holy one who created him. So, here, we have a triangle whose three sides are inseparable. We are forced to reach the completion of the triangular task of loving man for his fellow, himself, and the Creator

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