The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and wait there,”
The mountain is the final revelation and insight on a person’s spiritual journey. Before reaching this point, one needs to intentionally pass through all the variant kinds of wisdom in the world until she arrives at authentic wisdom.
There indicates the pure place, the source of all life, as it says (Numbers 21:16), “And from there to Beer, which is the well where the Lord said to Moses, ‘Assemble the people that I may give them water.’”
You will need to engage with and pass through all the world’s wisdom, but the essence of your place, your essential point, will be the apex of all the stages and insights in your spiritual elevation, and this place will be called There.
God wants us to ascend our mountain and find Her there. The path up requires going deep into, but never resting at, all the manifold ways we gain insight into this world. How else will you know where you are going and what there is to see?
The Ishbitzer does something so sweet and subtle with this. He points out that the Torah is telling us when we get to the top to wait There. There and not Here. There isn’t where you are – It is pointing towards some other place. A place we have yet to arrive at and thus cannot claim with certainty to be standing in that place. That would be so static. The moment would pass. There is the source of all life, a wellspring of Divine flow, which is endless and unceasing in the vitality it provides.
You have There in you. It is that point past all your spiritual journeys, where you can wait and rest in it, and somehow it always remains just over There. That place is not an end but a beginning. It is the start of a relationship built not around the struggle up, but about seeing a divinity within that is just over There, constantly calling on us to stand a little closer and “rest” in a light that is without end.