Quantity of the Holiness that a Jew have
Holiness is something that all Jews have, and the quantity of the holiness is equal in all of us not depending on any outer circumstances as the Psukim (verses) below shows us:
- קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אָנִי
- קְדֹשִׁ֑ים כִּ֛י אֲנִ֥י יְהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם׃
- כִּ֣י עַ֤ם קָדוֹשׁ֙ אַתָּ֔ה לַיהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ
- You are Holy because I am Holy
- You are Holy because I am the Lord your God
- For You are a Holy Nation to the Lord your God
An obvious and outmost relevant question is, are all Jews equally holy? We do not have one answer that fits all, but all Jews have the same protentional to become equally holy. I would rather prefer to use the term the pureness of the Holiness (Kedusha). In other words, the pureness of the holiness (Kedusha) differentiate between different Jews. But basic holiness is there as Rashi teaches us in Devarim 14:2 – כי עם קדוש אתה. Rashi start to tell us that You are holy because of your Forefathers and he continue to say that that in addition God has chosen you.
In other words; You are a Holy Nation because of the Avot and you don´t need to accomplish anything to achieve it, but don´t stop there and say it is enough (basic holiness). As Rashi continue his explanation that in addition God has also chosen you. Don´t
As we can see from the sources, we are holy because of who we are to God. Rashi comment on the verse כי עם קדוש אתה, ועוד ובך בחר ה and explain that Our (basic) holiness is not depended on what we do. We receive it from the Forefathers (Avos). But we have to remember that in addition God has also chosen us. In other words, except being holy that is not depended on us, God has greater expectations on us. And that is to be the valued nation.
This verse is also very true on the individual level between Man and God. Each and every one of us are holy and the basic quality of this holiness is not depended on what we are doing and how we are behaving. We are Jews and that is everything that count. But we have the possibility to be more than just basic holy. This we are able to achieve by understanding that in addition of being Jews (human beings) God did chose us. Because he knows that we can perform more than any other and become role models. And this is how we are using our Jewishness. This way each individual can strengthen his Kedusha (holiness) and make it into a higher quality. But the quantity is the same no matter. The source for this according to Chassidut is that each Jew has an equal part of the Holy Soul inside him (part of God).
So, we can see that the quantity of holiness is not depended on the level of Jewishness.
A video clip on the subject We are equally Holy is published by Divrei Maon