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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Only after this gift has been withheld.”

The power of delight is the soul’s highest power.

Although this power may be felt by a variety of delights in the world, its most perfect expression is the delight of life itself, of being alive.

Most of us do not sense this delight, for we have been born with life and have grown up with it.

It is possible to feel this delight only “as light excels darkness.”

A person on death row who has been reprieved or a person who has recovered from a deadly disease can, at a certain moment, feel the pure delight of being alive.

Only after this gift has been withheld can one appreciate what he possesses.

—Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz