“Go to yourself…to the land which I will show you.”—Genesis 12:1
“There, as your soul performs its mission in a world of action, there I can show you your essence.”—R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi

The spiritual world of meditation and prayer has its boundaries:

That which can be known will be known. That which is beyond knowing is permitted to whisper, softly. And the very core of your being remains beyond the border, aching to enter, yet unable to utter a word of its presence.

But when the soul descends into the world of action, then every rule can be broken, every boundary crossed. There, that silent inner essence can burst into the open

So G‑d says to Abraham—and to us, his children: Take your soul out into the world. Take its very essence there. Find divine purpose in your everyday work as you make real change in this world.

You will come to know which cannot be known; your eyes will see that which the soul could never lay bare—its very core of being.

In this world, the soul knows no borders.

Lech Lecha, 5738 (1977)