The second section of the Chumash of Devarim opens, as Moses recalls how he pleaded (Va’etchanan in Hebrew) with  G-d to allow him to go into the Land of Israel. Moses then continues his review of the 40 years travel in the dessert.

Moses tells the Jewish people; “all of you who are alive today, are lovingly attached to G-d” (4:4)

One might think that the more we are devoted to G-d, the more our personal individuality disappears. The Torah teaches us here that the opposite is true:

Our true individuality depends directly upon the depth of our attachment to 

G-d. What we normally mistake for our personality is really our secondary animalistic side. Since we share the same animal drives with the rest of humanity, the personality born of these drives, is at best, a variation on the common theme by which everyone lives. Thus, the apparent individuality of this aspect of our personality is in fact an illusion.

In contrast, since G-d is infinite, the avenues through which His Divinity can manifest itself through us are also infinite; thus, it is only our Divine personality that makes us truly unique. It follows that the more we allow our animalistic side of our personalities to dissolve as we draw closer to G-d, the more we allow our unique, Divine personalities to shine forth.

Have a successful week and a meaningful Shabbat to follow.