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Inspiration & Perspiration

Inspiration & Perspiration

Sacks, Rabbi Lord Jonathan ZT"L
March 5, 2020
“…Most creative people have daily rituals. These form the soil in which the seeds of their invention grow.

In some cases they deliberately took on jobs they did not need to do, simply to establish structure and routine in their lives.

… Why so? Because – the saying is famous, though we don’t know who first said it – genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. … Being creative involves hard work.

The ancient Hebrew word for hard work is avodah. It is also the word that means “serving God.” What applies in the arts, sciences, business, and industry, applies equally to the life of the spirit. Achieving any form of spiritual growth requires sustained effort and daily rituals.

… All the high ideals in the world – the human person as God’s image, belief in God’s unity, and the love of neighbour – count for little until they are turned into habits of action that become habits of the heart.

Judaism’s greatness is that it takes high ideals and exalted visions – image of God, faith in God, love of neighbour – and turns them into patterns of behaviour. Halacha (Jewish law) involves a set of routines that … reconfigures the brain, giving discipline to our lives and changing the way we feel, think, and act.

Judaism is about changing us so that we become creative artists whose greatest creation is our own life. And that needs daily rituals: ShacharitMinchahMa’ariv, the food we eat, the way we behave at work or in the home, the choreography of holiness which is the special contribution of the priestly dimension of Judaism, set out in this week’s parsha and throughout the book of Leviticus.

Ritual is to spiritual greatness what practice is to a tennis player, daily writing disciplines are to a novelist, and reading company accounts are to Warren Buffett.” They are the precondition of high achievement. Serving God is avodah, which means hard work.

The more you seek spiritual heights, the more you need the ritual and routine of halacha, the Jewish “way” to God.”

– Excerpts from the article