After Rabbi Yoseph, a Sage of the Talmud had recovered from his dangerous illness, his father asked him, “My son, what did you see ?”
Rabbi Yoseph replied, ” I saw an upside down world… People who are considered of great worth in this world are of no account in the world to come.” “My son, you saw things the way they really are,” replied his father.
There are countless stories of unnamed martyrs and heroes of the holocaust, people who were considered at the very bottom of humanity’s ladder, who, with untold heroism understood the message of Rabbi Yoseph’s vision.and gave away their bread, or took the place of another on the forced labor.
Nowadays, in our own lives, we ask, “How can we find the way to live a true life with true values? Rabbi Ashlag teaches us, it is through the light of the Torah that we can begin to understand what is really worthwhile and what is false in our own world.
Inspired by an article by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag ztz’l Sefer haMa’amarim 5748, article 12 , “Mahem Torah U Melachah b’derech HaShem with grateful acknowledgement to my chevruta Dr. Susan Jackson