Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt"l on Parshas Balak
(Via Stuie Wax)
Sweetest friends, I want you to know the deepest depths. What gives me the strength to pray before G-d? What happens to me when I pray? Basically, what is prayer all about? Open your hearts in the deepest way. You know why I am standing before G-d and praying? Because it’s clear to me that I am special to G-d. And despite everything wrong I am doing, all my wrongdoings cannot take away this unbelievable specialness which exists between me and G-d.
Now listen to this. It’s so strange. When G-d punishes, he punishes by showing you how you did wrong. Balak and Bilaam want to tear out the specialness from the world. So G-d punishes them by giving them a special, special granddaughter who will bring back to the world how special it is. What will happen when Messiah comes? It will be revealed to us how special everything is. So who is his grand daughter it is Ruth, the great grandmother of King David, the progeny of Mashiach, who will really make the world one. One day, the world will really be one and everyone will feel so special.
Let it be now!