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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The responsibility to live a meaningful life”

The Talmud states, “The entire world was created only as company for this person.”  (Berakhot 6b). 

Each person must see his life in this light – that he alone is the justification of the world’s existence, of its direction, and of its meaning. 

“For this is the whole man” (Eccl. 12:13) – this is the person on whom the world’s very existence depends. 

The world is the framework in which every person has the responsibility to live a meaningful life. 

When there are blemishes, this means that the ideal of “Israel, in whom I will be glorified” is not being realized. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz