This week we begin the book of Vayikra, with the Torah portion of the same name.
It's about sacrifices, and that's something very foreign to us today, unless we look at it spiritually.
Rabbi Akiva Tatz provided a little booklet for those of us in his weekly class through Jewish Workshops, and he wrote: "If there is no difficulty, there is no sacrifice." That is another way to look at the whole concept of sacrifice, very different from the Temple sacrifices in the past.
The difficulties in our lives (and we all have PLENTY of them) are our opportunities for sacrifice. We can choose to see them as a way to give up our selfishness and small view of ourselves and of the world (which of course includes other people), and in that choice we are sacrificing other viewpoints.
Choosing a higher view and following through with higher actions is making a sacrifice of everything we are not thinking and not doing instead.
I am thinking and posting about sacrifice this Shabbos, and will undoubtedly be wrestling with the concept the rest of my life!