G-d created man, and “the universe became self-conscious.” (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)
Man’s steps are not solely our own, but are infinitesimally guided by the Divine.
Only when we look back does everything make perfect cosmic sense.
We separate ourselves and are a “people who dwell alone” to remain true to our faith and to serve as a “light unto nations.”
Through time and space, we celebrate Your oneness and Kingship.
We are called on to transcend our mortal selves and fulfill a greater mission in this world.
To “love the L-rd thy G-d with all your heart, soul, and might.”
To “love thy neighbor” and the stranger as thyself.
To rectify the stains of existence and to purify and elevate the soul.
To return from our most remote physical and spiritual wanderings to G-d’s light, love, and holiness.
You speak to us through the Torah, mercy, and blessings, and we speak to you through our prayers and sacrifices.
In the covenant that you established with our forefathers and us, our love and dedication are mutual and eternal.
And even when we sin, we know that we have to take just the first step, and you will be there to bring us back to you.
We are not powerless but filled with the ability to choose “between good and evil, life and death.”
Therefore, we choose the eternal study and fulfillment of Your holy words to us, and to cling to You, the Master of the Universe.
Like Abraham, we are tested to do “what is right and just,” and history is our witness.
For “we are dust and will return to dust,” but our souls will rise to heaven and be reunited with our everlasting, loving Father.