Dedication: Refuah Sheleima for Shlomo Yisroel Ben SarahAfter 120 years, the holy books teach us that a Jew is asked ‘what his name is’. We learn the significance of this question through understanding the power of mindfulness in performing the Mitzvos. When we harness our minds, and focus on being present in each moment, we “unify our hearts”. This is a level of Avoda that every Jew must strive towards. It’s a Superpower!
We have a tradition from the Seforim that after 120 years, when a person passes away, he is asked his name. If he remembers his name, good; but if he doesn’t, he might face some difficulties. What is the Avodah in remembering one’s name? And what is the meaning?
One way to explain this phenomenon is as follows...when a person is distracted, and then someone calls him by his name, the calling his name has the ability of gathering in all the confused parts of his mind – and he quickly becomes focused.
In Avodas Hashem, it can often happen that a person is physically doing a Mitzvah, but his brain is in a million different places. He has a lack of focus; a lack of mindfulness. And if a person were to call his name, he’d suddenly be present. So to, our Avodas Hashem needs to be done in a way where we are mindful as if our name is being called.
One of the prayers we say when we introduce Rain, we describe Yakov Avinu before he met his wife Rochel. The story is that all the shepherds were waiting because there was a heavy boulder blocking the well. Yaakov spots Rochel from a distance, and becomes completely overwhelmed with knowing that she was his soulmate. It says “VaYichad Lebo” – he “unified his heart”– And he himself, rolled this heavy stone, which was physically impossible for one person to move, off the well. He focused all of his energies into that one particular act. This is how powerful intense focus is.
The more we are able to unify our hearts, and be completely present in the mitzvah we are doing, the more we will be zocheh to bring the Moshiach, speedily in our days, Amen.