Everyone wants to contribute something significant to the world, to play a meaningful part in the cosmic symphony we call life. This desire is a basic component of what it means to be human. We yearn to expand beyond our limited sphere of existence and become a part of something meaningful, something infinitely greater than ourselves. Ego and fame aside, this yearning stems from a deep spiritual place, an inner knowledge that, at root, we, in fact, are part of something infinitely greater than ourselves. Each one of use is an integral piece in a collective whole that transcends the sum of its parts. The question in life is not whether we wish to accomplish something significant with the life we’ve been given, the question is how. How can I become more self-aware, more disciplined, more caring, more successful. This is the human saga, a tale of struggle and progress, setback and evolution. This theme is potently expressed in this week’s parshah, Acharei Mos.