In this week’s Torah portion we read G-d’s blessing to Abraham: “I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth; if a person will be able to count all the grains of dust in the world, then your offspring also will be countable.”
The Baal Shem Tov explained why the Jews are compared to the “dust of the earth.” For, just as there are treasures hidden deep within the earth, there are beautiful “treasures” hidden within every single Jew.
Along these lines, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was once asked by a group of visiting academics, “What is the purpose of a Rebbe?”
The Rebbe answered, “Concerning the Jewish people, it says, ‘And you will be for Me a land of desire.’ A Jew is like land, earth. Within the earth one finds many treasures. But one needs to know how to look for them and how to take them out from the depths of the earth. One who doesn’t know how to search will look in the earth and find only dirt and mud, or rocks and stones.
“The same is true with a person. One psychologist digs in a person’s soul and finds dirt and mud. Another finds rocks and stones. The purpose of a Rebbe is to find the treasure – the G-dly soul that rests within every Jew.”
How cohesive and united the Jewish community can be if, when looking at our fellow Jew, we search not for the mud or dirt, but for the treasures that are within each one of us. Moshiach NOW!!!