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Vatchanan: Am I Wasting My Time?

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The Purpose

In this week’s Parsha Moshe recounts the history of our ancestors in the desert and reminds them of their life’s purpose.
I once received an email with the following question: Dear G-d, why did you create me, as a material being? Was it so I would live my life and then return to the same heaven I came from? What was the point?

You could have left me as I originally was and I would have been today as I will soon be. You made me travel all my life only to return to where I was before I left?

Why, dear G-d, did you waste my time?”

Is the Journey Itself

The best analogy I could think of is that of a scientist who embarks on a journey of exploration in the African Jungles. After a long and dangerous ordeal the scientist will ultimately return home. Why did he go? Was his journey a waste of time if indeed he returned to the place he embarked from? Of course not!
He has returned an enriched man; stronger for his travels, wiser for his discoveries, and more capable of appreciating life, the universe and our role in it.
By leading a life that justifies its own existence we ensure that this question is never asked of you and me.

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