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Hidden Things
The human personality is one of unfathomable depth. Our behavior is fueled notmerely by the cherished Torah values and ideals which we strive to cultivate, but profoundly driven by an intricate labyrinth of powerful desires, fears, hopes, and sourcesof shame. Naturally, we are only aware of a small fraction of these inner forces at anygiven point in time. Who amongst us does not immediately identify with Yirmiyahu’slament, ‘the heart is contorted amongst all things…who can truly know it?
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It is certainly fair to say that this inner complexity presents a formidable challengetowards engaging in penetrating, transformative . After all, if our aim is not merelytowards behavior modification, but to something much deeper 
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, we are surely constrained by our own limitations of self-awareness.With this challenge in mind, we turn our attention to a celebrated verse in thisweek’s sedra;
That which is hidden is unto Hashem our God, and that which is revealed is for us, and our children, for all eternity, to fulfill all the words of the Torah.”
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 Nachmanides
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, eschewing the classical Talmudic interpretation
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which maintainsthat this verse concerns Jewish co-dependence,
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, sets off on a breathtakinginterpretation, which ought to offer us no small measure of consolation. Indeed, hewrites, that which is hidden from us
about ourselves
, is truly unto Hashem. Much of what we do, and if I might add, much of the motivation for what we do, remains hiddenfrom us. In the words of David HaMelech, “who comprehends his own unintentionalsins; Oh, God, cleanse me of that which is hidden.”
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Despite our best efforts, we cannever fully plumb the depths of our own personalities. God recognizes this, and offersforgiveness for those things that will always remain beyond our psychic grasp.Yet, if that which is hidden is, as far as forgiveness and rehabilitation isconcerned, ‘unto Hashem’, we are left with the stirring charge to address all of that whichis ‘revealed’. As we find ourselves preparing for the order of the day. Fullyconscious of the limits of our own self-understanding, we look to do that which we cando; to search out our shortcomings, and to confront them with the brutal honesty that is
 sine qua non
for teshuvah. At whichever point our descent into the depths of our ownhearts runs out of steam, we will be met, with abundant mercy, by He who is
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