How to be Holy

Kedoshim T’Hiyu: You shall be holy (Leviticus Chapter 19).

In this Parsha, with the opening instruction to be holy, there are 51 commandments, most dealing with the most mundane circumstances. 

Our Kabbalah masters explain that holiness isn’t found by distancing ourselves from the material, but on the contrary – spirituality is found when one fulfills their purpose by elevating the material realm and connecting our thoughts, speech, and actions to a higher purpose. Tikun Olam happens when we confront what is broken and disconnected, and repair it by connecting it to its higher purpose and meaning. 

Each individual is unique – with different talents, experiences, and challenges – inhabiting their own unique space, perspective, and time. Therefore, each person’s soul will have a unique journey that only they can elevate and fulfill. The soul acts as a needle, sewing together the spiritual journey for each person. The resulting tapestry will be their legacy. The purposeful choices made to sanctify the world through thought, speech, and action – these kind and good deeds are the spiritual expression of the soul. 

The soul acts as a needle, sewing together the spiritual journey for each person. The resulting tapestry will be their legacy. The purposeful choices made to sanctify the world through thought, speech, and action – these kind and good deeds are the spiritual expression of the soul. 

– Rabbi Shmulik Yeshayahu

By refining and revealing the essence and goodness in the material world, the soul connects the mundane to the higher expression, and connects each good expression to past and future choices. 

Allow your soul to express itself and to sew together a beautiful tapestry that will reflect a journey well traveled. That is holiness.

Rabbi Shmulik Yeshayahu
Rabbi Shmulik Yeshayahu
Rabbi Shmuel Yeshayahu was born in Israel and received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinate of Israel. He is a Rabbi in Vancouver, BC. Since 2000 he has been providing mentoring, counseling, religious services, classes, and tutorials, as well as developing and leading Jewish programming for unaffiliated young adults. He is well known for his ability to make spirituality relevant to all people in all walks of life. You can follow him on Facebook @RabbiShmulikYeshayahu. Rabbi Shmuel Yeshayahu is the co-author of An MBA from Heaven.
Rabbi Shmulik Yeshayahu
Rabbi Shmulik Yeshayahu
Rabbi Shmuel Yeshayahu was born in Israel and received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinate of Israel. He is a Rabbi in Vancouver, BC. Since 2000 he has been providing mentoring, counseling, religious services, classes, and tutorials, as well as developing and leading Jewish programming for unaffiliated young adults. He is well known for his ability to make spirituality relevant to all people in all walks of life. You can follow him on Facebook @RabbiShmulikYeshayahu. Rabbi Shmuel Yeshayahu is the co-author of An MBA from Heaven.
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