How do we bring the awareness of that higher unity into the everyday reality of this world? That is the challenge of sacred living: to realize more unit — with patience and devotion, to make this world resemble the one on High. And this is where Judaism parts company with the religions of the East. Judaism understands this yearning as a sacred obligation, a requirement for holy living, a commandment.

Lawrence Kushner, Nehemia Polen, Filling Words With Light