Monday, August 23, 2010


What Am I Supposed To Do?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ mystical paths

     The article “What Is Your Name” has led a number of readers to ask for help in discovering their individual purposes in life. Can there be anything more important than discovering and fulfilling your life’s mission? As the article stated, the name that you were given at birth indicates what the Heavenly-ordained hope is for you.

    Beside your name, there are other places to look for hints. Look at the portion of the Torah that was read on the day, or week, that you were born. Read it carefully a few times, and you will start to see hints about yourself there. After all, nothing is by chance, and this is your Torah portion.

    Add up the gematria (Hebrew numerical equivalents) of your name and add in your mother’s name. Then add your name to your father’s name. Now look in the gematria book[i] for all of the words in the Torah that share your gematria. For some reason, these words share the same numerical value as your name.

      Study the people in the Bible who first had your name, and see what their outstanding character traits were.

     All of the above will help you to discover the job that you have been sent to do, but even more importantly, look at the tools that you have been given. Imagine showing up for a new job and the boss says that he wants you to cut down a tree. He then gives you a pencil to use to cut it down. You would have to tell him that he gave you the wrong tool.

    “Ah, you are right,” he says. Then he says, “Instead of cutting down a tree, I want you to write a book,” and he takes back the pencil and hands you an axe.

    Again, you would have to say, “You gave me the wrong tool.”

     So it is with us. G-d gave us the exact tools that we need in order to do the job that He sent us here to do. We say that G-d sent us, but in truth, our own prior deeds in our previous lifetime set up the waves of creation that caused us to come into this world as we are.[ii]

     Look at the things that you are very good at, the things that you find yourself doing more than others around you, or possibly the things that most people like to do but you alone do not. Your uniqueness shows you the tools that you came into the world to use.

     Now take your specific skills, coordinate them with your overall mission, and apply them happily in your life. Your overall mission is determined by your obvious birthright. Are you a Jew? A Kohen? A Levi? Were you born into a family that enjoys special privileges? Look objectively at the things that you have inherited, and set about using all that you have trying to make the world a better place. Then, when the time comes, you will return to the One Who sent you with a smile on your face.

[i] Spice of Torah Gematria Judaica Press, 1985 Gutman Locks
[ii] Mishna Berura Yom Kippur, Mincha Ber Hataiv


  1. R. Johanan said: Wherever [Scripture] writes 'And he abode [or dwelt]', it denotes trouble. (Sanhedrin 106a).

    Well, that certainly explains a lot! Oh well....

  2. It was several years ago that I first heard about this concept. I was supposed to attend a class where the rabbi helped those in attendance to do this very thing---discover their life's mission through studying the gematria of their names. But I missed it and thereafter, I asked the rabbi several times if he could help me. He really did not have the time to do it on an individual basis. I was so disappointed.

    But in the end it worked very much to my benefit because I wanted so much to know that I worked at it on my own and Hashem helped tremendously. I discovered so much more than I ever would have if the rabbi had helped me. I would have never gotten past the most basic information.

    So, to the readers, it's like a spiritual law---anything you want very much for the sake of Heaven---Heaven will help you out a great deal, as long as you are willing to put in your own effort.

    "...if you call for understanding [and] raise your voice for discernment,if you seek it like silver, and hunt for it like treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and you will find the knowledge of God." Mishlei 2.3-5

  3. My question isn't so much "what," but "how"...? You can't make a bowl of chicken soup if all you've got in the kitchen is a frozen package of brussels sprouts and lack a microwave and a working stove. It always seems to boil down to having the means and wherewithal to do anything. Either you've got the resources and capital or you don't. If you don't, then you'll be going nowhere fast. No bucks ... no Buck Rogers!

  4. I agree about looking at the tools we are given and using it towards our mission. If we are really good at chesed for example, then we can do something with that and so on

    It might be hard for some to find what that mission is, but like Psalm 121 says "Where does my help come from? My help comes from Hashem" Ask Him for assistance and clearity

  5. this is true its in the name .......avraham was mentioned in begining of creation BhVRAHAM yet still faced 10 gruelling tests of his faith his manhood ?!most people say inside things to great for me I dont wish to understand as the psalmest pleades in psalms . Learn pardes ramchal, gra , rav nachman , chabad , abir yaakov , rashash , listen to them according to them pardes itself is mand main tikkun !

  6. always have a hard time with the name thing because being adopted and having a conservative baby conversion but not sure if it was kosher no proof of mikvah so converted orthodox and took a different name but felt like I had to bittul my previous HEbrew name yet I still feel very much like my previous HEbrew name as well as my more "kosher" name.PLus on baby naming certificate it had my father's' name I guess that wasn't kosher but I feel attached to it and everything is for a reason so oh well I already know my purpose -it's to kvetch -but hopefully in a productive manner

  7. Thanks for this post! It was extremely informative and helpful! I just learned everything I need to know today.


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