This Shabbat’s haftarah concludes with the Jewish spiritual mission statement in this world:
“And I shall betroth You forever, and I shall betroth You with righteousness and law, and with loving-kindness and with mercy, and I shall betroth You in faith, and You shall know G-d”.
In other words, in order to wed G-d, in order to nurture a heartfelt, intimate, intense and impassioned relationship with the Eternal Source of all life, we need to check the following boxes:
1. We need to make a lifelong existential commitment to leading an entire lifetime of Torah and ma’asim tovim – of spirituality and good deeds. (“And I shall betroth you forever” – rather than only during days and times in which I am “spiritually in the mood”).
2. To be a moral being (righteousness).
3. To be a law-abiding citizen (law).
4. To be a generous and empathic person (loving-kindness and mercy).
5. To be attuned to the reality of G-d as the Power of Vitality permeating the universe, and nourishing our souls (Betroth You in faith).
6. To achieve cosmic unity of consciousness with G-d, to become steeped in Divinity and utterly immersed within the Eternal, like a drop of water merging into the oceanic sea of Being (And you shall know G-d).
We have our work cut out for us, for more than one lifetime.
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Holiday of Shavuot,