"I've noticed that sometimes when I speak in people's homes there are pictures of Hasidim dancing. 'I'm curious,' I say to them. 'Do you think Hasidim in Brooklyn or Israel have photos of you standing around your Volvo in Scarsdale?'
"I think it's great to have pictures of people connecting spiritually in their own way, as long as you have pictures of you doing that, too. I suggest to people that as a personal practice they put these kinds of photos on the wall -- along with a mirror. It doesn't matter whether those pictures are of lamas in Tibet, shamans in Mexico, or Hasidim in Israel. What's important is that you can see yourself as a spiritual master in the making, ready to be on the wall alongside those other images.
"If a mirror on the wall next to the photos is too public, get one of those small mirrors like the ones we used in the yeshiva, and look into your own eyes and ask yourself one simple question before you go to bed at night or when you wake in the morning. In what ways was I the person I most longed to be today? What helped me to get there? In what ways did I fall short? What do I need in my life in order to do better?"
-- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right (Finding Faith Without Fanaticism), (2007, Three Rivers Press, New York; ISBN: 968-0-307-38928-6; LC: BL624.H53 2007; DD: 201'.5-dc22)
[To my friends starting Passover celebrations tonight, Chag Sameach!]