by Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher
Superficially each of the 12 offerings of the tribal princes was identical in nature. However, each tribal leader presented his particular offering in his own unique manner, with different measures of enthusiasm, love, joy, and awe, from the other tribal heads.
Additionally, these eternal, hidden, emotional distinctions between the tribal prince’s offerings are actually more important to G-d than the actual physical content of what they donated. G-d does not need our gifts or offerings as He clearly states to the Prophet Yeshayahu. What G-d DOES desire from us is our total love and devotion to HIM.
Thus, in the Amidah prayer, we recite the words, “G-d of Avraham, G-d of Yitzhak, and G-d of Yaakov”.
Why the repetition? Did not all the Avot serve the same G-d? Yet they all did serve G-d each one in a different manner, that reflected their uniqueness and their individual roles and missions in the world.
We too, must seek out our own individual and unique paths in our service of G-d, and not try to be the carbon copy of the service of others. G-d has given each and every one of us unique special talents and capabilities, in order to bring every one of us to our individual spiritual fulfillment and purpose.
As Frank Sinatra sang in his beautiful number one hit song, “NO ONE CAN DO IT MY WAY!”
And here's Frank, doing it his way...l'havdil...