When the Jews left Egypt they were embarking on a spiritual journey that was to end with their receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai.This journey involved ascending the ladder of holiness rung by rung.
The deliverance from Egypt and their witnessing
G-d’s power in its full glory allowed them a degree of inspiration. And their next job now was to lift themselves to that level of
inspiration on their own, through their own work and endeavors.
The seven week period that we are now in, between Pesach and Shavuot
is that period for effort and growth that will show that we are sufficiently
inspired to be able to accept the Torah.
The task that lay
before the Jewish people as they left Egypt is the task we face
throughout our lives.We all have moments when we feel inspired - It could be a class
or a speech that we hear or even a specific event in our lives that make
us reconsider the path that we are taking. But as we all know this
inspiration that we receive soon evaporates within our usual day-to-day existence.But
we really ought to use those moments of inspiration as a catalyst for
incredible growth and improvements in our service of G-d.
key is to take that impulse and then work to sustain those sparks of
enthusiasm to enthuse us every day to ensure that the initial ember
never dies but keeps carrying us forward.Those flashes of
inspiration are a gift from G-d and
our job now is to create the inspiration ourselves.
not be easy and may take intense work on our part to keep stoking the
fire, but if we do this we will be living a life inspired.