Sunday, September 8/ ח’ אלול
Reflect how obligated I am to recognize Hashem’s unity, that He is one with no beginning nor end to His existence. There is no other. Second, I am only serving Hashem for the sake of His Great Name. I don’t serve Hashem for praise, reward, or fear of people.
Additional insights from HoRav Malinowitz:
Wholeheartedness … complete sincerity and acceptance … purity of thought …
This applies to our acceptance of HaShem as the only power in the Universe, the only source of everything … nowhere else to turn … AND it applies to our own motivations in our avodas HaShem — wholeheartedly serving Him for no other reason than — to serve Him!
No other motivations in our avodas HaShem … no other powers in our acceptance of His Oneness.