Question: What is the meaning of the concept, “the chosen people,” and where is the place of the Jewish nation in the whole human puzzle? What should we do in order to attain a better life for ourselves and for our children?
Many people associate the concept of the chosen people, with the great suffering the Jewish people have been through throughout history and the fact that they suffered much more than all the other nations. The Holocaust, for example, which symbolizes this uniqueness, shows that it can be revealed in a very negative manner.
What is the role of the Jewish nation in being chosen, and why we do we suffer so much for so long as a result?
Answer: The Jewish nation has suffered throughout history because we refer to human development as advancing toward the revelation of the Creator, and a person only develops under pressure. If the forces that surround him cease to pressure him, he will freeze without motion.
All of our motions stem from our desire to leave an unpleasant state and move to a more comfortable one. This is the reason we feel pressure that pushes us to develop. This pressure is put, to a certain extent, on all levels of nature: the still, vegetative, animate, and especially human beings.
A person must develop more than all the other levels, and therefore feels greater pain than the others: more than the plants, the animals, and the stones. Even stones suffer from the desire to preserve their state. They perceive any change as suffering but on the the still level of nature.
Human beings, of course, suffer more than all the other created beings, and the Jewish nation, which is the most developed nation, suffers more than others as a result. In addition, it has a special role and must develop in order to fulfill it.
This role is above this world, and this the reason that the pressure is so strong. The pressure comes from the upper force, which can be called nature or the Creator, which are one and the same. It is the same force, and it is both the force that we want to reveal and the force that that develops us and sustains this entire world.
At the time of ancient Babylon, a strong desire to see and reveal the Creator awoke in people. Abraham, a wise man who lived in the time of ancient Babylon, gathered a group of students that later became the Jewish nation and guided them by explaining how to fulfill their internal yearning to reveal the Creator.
By starting to work on such unity and connection, the Jewish people rose to an even higher level. Every time we succeed in uniting, we discover new horizons, and every time we neglect our mission, we draw even greater sufferings onto us. This distinguishes us from the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature, and even other human beings; we suffer more than everyone else because we are more developed.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 12/28/14