The essential thing that was created, that is: in the creation of the universe by the Borei, Yisborach, is bechira—free choice of man. The essential avodah of man, the goal to which he must strive, is to return this free choice back to the Creator; that is—to labor upon himself until it is as if he has no free choice whatsoever, that he is not able at all to do anything except the will of Hashem, Yisborach. In this he fulfills the purpose of his creation, for the creation is only for the sake that Hashem, Yisborach be revealed in it, that He alone exists, that all is Him, for Him, for His glory. In that man relinquishes that one thing that was truly given to him, in this he reverts all to the blessed Creator. Fortunate is he who understands and strives for this. More fortunate is he who achieves this. Fortunate is the Nation whose lot is thus; fortunate is the Nation whom Hashem is their G-d.
והאמר ריש לקיש גדולה תשובה שזדונות נעשות לו כזכויות
(תלמוד בבלי מסכת יומא פ”ו:)
Reish Lachish said great is repentance for it transforms willful sins into merits.
(Talmud Bavli, Tractate Yuma 86b)
Oil on canvas
ציור שמן על קנבס
40 x 60 cm.