end to the means

There's a level of mitzwah performance in which we derive so much joy from the simple performance of HaShem's Will that all we want as reward is the oppurtunity to perform another mitzwah. The mitzwah is its own reward.

Similarly there is a way to live during the six days of the work week where all our thoughts and all our efforts are so focused on reaching, honoring, and celebrating Shabbath such that we are actually experiencing Shabbath all week long.

This, Rebbe Natan says in Likkutei Halachot (Hilchot Tefillin 4) is the level of relating to God through an 'illuminated lens.' [ispaklaria me'ira] (as opposed to a 'cloudy lens')


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