by Devora Gila Berkowitz
Yaakov goes to sleep with twelve stones around his head and wakes up with one.
The Midrash tells us that the stones quarrelled for the honored position as Yaakov's pillow. The result? G-d unifies them. With this stone, Yaakov annoints a pillar to be a "House of G-d". (Bereshit 28:22)
Chassidut teaches that each of us is like a unique, multi-faceted precious stone.
But when we forget the beautiful gem that we are, we feel broken down into smaller, weaker parts: fear, despair, frustration, competition, anger....
The lesson here is to remember, or "re-member" who we are: a whole, unified creation that goes beyond the fragmented parts, infused with the image of the Creator.
How do we usually describe ourselves? "I am ... and .... and ....." Today, why not try being conscious awareness that I just am?