Climb the Ladder to Hashem

The story of Jacob's dream and the famous ladder with its feet on the ground and head in the heavens has an important message for all of us: "And behold the angels of G‑d were ascending and descending on it."

Do angels need a ladder? Everyone knows angels have wings, not feet. So, if you have wings, why would you need a ladder?

We need a ladder, a spiritual route clearly mapped out for us; a route that needs to be traversed step-by-step, one rung at a time. The pathway to Hashem is gradual, methodical and eminently manageable.

Many people are discouraged from even beginning a spiritual journey because they think it needs that huge leap of faith. They cannot see themselves reaching a degree of religious commitment which to them seems otherworldly. And yet, with the gradual step-by-step approach, one finds that the journey can be embarked upon and that the destination is attainable, gradually and consistently.