Parshas Vayikra - Coming Close to G-d
Everybody knows that Bereishis is the book of creation. G-d created the world, he created yidden. In Shemos G-d took us out of Egypt and gave us the Torah. Vayikra is something else. Vayikra is Sefer Avoda [the Book of Serving (G-d)], it's all about reaching beyond yourself through the service of G-d.
What does Avodas Hashem mean? It is possible to know every word of the Torah. It is possible to do everything right, but you are still not a servant of G-d. You're a fine person, you do everything right, but a servant of G-d is something else. Who is a servant of G-d? Service of G-d begins with korabnos, sacrifices - being close to G-d. Take husband and wife. They are very correct to each other; they are always good to each other, treat each other with respect, but they are not close to each other. There are parents who do everything for their children - sweet and cute, but they are not close. I can even sit in paradise because I did everything right, and yet it doesn't mean I'm close to G-d.
...What happens to you when are serving G-d for real? You don't hear your voice via anybody else's voice, even via the biggest tzaddik's voice, or even your own father. If I hear G-d's voice via my father, or I'll hear the voice via the Lubavitcher Rebbe - it's very holy. But is this avoda? It's not avoda yet. Being close means it is mamesh my own voice. I don't mean physically my voice or your voice... I mean something deep inside of me.
You see what it is, what Moshe Rabbeinu knows about G-d - gevalt. Moshe Rabbeinu stood on Mount Sinai; he knows everything. And yet Moshe Rabbeinu was sure that his mission had ended. He knows that everything about the Mishkan has to do with Ahron HaKohen... so he stayed away. Therefore our parsha begins with the words "Vayikra el Moshe" ["He (G-d) called Moshe"]. Something happened to him. He hears a voice, which no one else could hear. "You think you are done? Could it be that you are only now beginning?"
Can't You Trust Yourself A Little?
"Vayikra El Moshe" - Friends, G-d is calling every one of us.
The Medrash says that only Moshe Rabbeinu heard this calling, no one else heard it.
And here I want you to know. There is a G-d calling which is a different calling for every one of us, but the deepest question is, are you hearing it... are you listening to it?
Vayikra El Moshe, I want to bless you and me that whenever G-d is calling us, whenever G-d needs us for something special... we should mamesh hear it. Imagine after Moshe Rabbeinu heard G-d' calling him, he would say to the yidden 'did you hear something? No?', and then Moshe Rabbeinu will say 'I think I'm going to see my therapist, I think there might be a mistake here. I think I'm hearing voices, am I crazy?'
You see what it is? If you hear something that no one else hears, it's because it was meant just for you. Can't you trust yourself a little bit? Why can't you trust yourself? What do you think G-d is doing, is G-d ashamed to call you? You see what it is, if you know the secret of the Mishkan, if you know the secret of putting it back together, then you hear G-d's voice, and you know G-d is talking to you.
One more thing, why is the Alef of Vayikra written small? If you or I think that I did something in my life and I am already very accomplished, I'll never do anything. I have to remember that I am always at the beginning. But you see what it is, only the ones who have the guts to listen are the ones who do so much in their lives.
How does G-d call you? You think you tune in and G-d says 'tune in now, be quiet', G-d is speaking?'
I want to share something awesome with you. Now listen to the most beautiful thing in the world. When G-d spoke to Yitzchak it sounded like his father Avraham. When G-d spoke to Ya'akov it sounded like Yitzchak. How did G-d speak to Abraham, how did G-d sound? Awesome. When G-d spoke to Abraham it was the voice the Abraham.
Sometimes I meet people and I think to myself that if G-d would talk to their children it couldn't be with the voice of their father or their mother.
Friends, I don't know your parents, I don't know your grandparents, but I'm sure your grandparents were the holiest....
And if not, let it be your own voice.