Sometimes we think that this life is about getting prizes and avoiding punishment, about following all the rules to be the good boy or girl we are expected to be, about coloring inside the lines, or knowing it all.
But Kabbalah says otherwise.
This week’s portion is called Ekev and when you look in the Zohar you will find a discussion of the correction of souls across lifetimes. It explains that each one of us descended into this physical world with a certain “tikkun” (correction) to complete, certain things to do; specific challenges to face and overcome. There is no set “this is what your life should look like” and then you are redeemed sort of thing. Everything is much more fluid than that. What there is is a universal system of spiritual laws through which we are afforded the opportunity to resolve our karmic debt.