The Wandering Jew by Rabbi Yosef Katzman
Jews by nature have faith and believe in G-d, sometimes conscientiously through meditation and contemplation, and sometimes it’s just there instinctively, it’s just part of the Jewish DNA.
I wish that I can give you the exact chromosome which contains this faith, but historically it’s been there since the days of Abraham, and all descendants of Abraham contain this faith within them without fail.
The conscientious faith is clear, overt, and obvious, but the natural instinctive faith can lay dormant for years, unless it is aroused and awakened by some event or situation.
This week on the 18th of Elul, we observed the 321st birthday of the Baal-Shem-Tov, the founder of the Chasidic movement, his claim to fame was his unparalleled unconditional love for all Jews, regardless of their status.
So here is what the Baal-Shem-Tov teaches.
Jews are known to be wanderers, since the beginning of time, with little exception, they have been dispersed and exiled to every far flung nook and cranny, all over the universe.
Why is that?
Because they have within them a soul which is a spark of G-d, and that soul has in it, an inherent faith in G-d, and by bringing this faith to any place in the world, they refine the place by bringing G-d to that place.
But one may think that this faith must be overt and on display in order to accomplish this mission.
Says the Baal Shem tov, no, this is not a necessary requirement, even if this faith is dormant, and the Jew is unaware of this faith, still the Jew fulfills this mission of refining the world.
In plain English, all those wandering backpackers, Jews who trek to the most faraway places, you find them literally in every corner of the world, they are technically doing G-d’s work, they are refining the world and bringing G-d into those G-d forsaken places.
So when you meet one of those lost souls, salute them, they are doing G-d’s work, just make them aware of their holy mission that they have been fulfilling subconsciously, and you will help them unravel all the covers that have been concealing this unconditional faith and love that they have for G-d.
You will uplift them, and give them a sense of self, and you will make them feel important and closer to G-d.
And when we reconnect the long lost children to their Father, the Father responds with love, and He will forgive us for the past, and He will bless us all with a Sweet Loving Happy New Year.
Have a forgiving, loving, and faith-filled Shabbos,