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"The Way of G-d"

Part 1: "The Fundamental Principles of Reality"

Ch. 4: "Human Responsibility"

Paragraph 7

We learned last time that we were to "constantly engage with G-d", "attach ourselves onto Him", and "apply all of our activities to that end."

The truth be known, though, we engage in many, many things that seem to have nothing to do with G-d. For while we may in fact do what we can to fulfill His mitzvahs and thus draw close to Him, as well as to avoid the sorts of things that would alienate us from Him, *much* of what we do can best be termed "discretionary" or mundane, and seems to have nothing to do with Him.

So how can we ever hope to draw close to Him given that fact?

Fortunately theres a way. And its based on this metaphysical phenomenon.

Were taught that we accomplish two different things when we fulfill mitzvahs. We abide by G-ds wishes right there and then (after all, its He whod prefer that we pray just then, celebrate a particular Holy Day at the time, give charity to a particular cause were being solicited by, etc.). And we achieve a level of self-perfection in the process as well.

Thats to say that my donating to a particular worthy cause just then not only helps out the cause and does good in the world. It also helps *me* on a very deep level, and rectifies errors I might have made along the way touching on being charitable. For in fact, G-d wants both to happen-- both the inherent good, and the repair.

But, again, those situations only come up once in a while. So what are we to do the rest of the time to better the world and ourselves?

Were thus told that we can grant the same potency and possibility to nearly *all* the more ancillary things we occupy ourselves with in the course of the day by having the following in mind. (We say "nearly all" of them because what were about to say cant be applied to illegal, immoral, or inconsiderate items or acts.)

Our motivation for doing the sorts of things we do that dont directly touch upon mitzvahs (like eating a good meal, exercising, relaxing, spending time with our family, walking by the shoreline, etc.) should be to keep ourselves physically and emotionally well and vigorous enough to serve G-d freely and robustly. Since no one can do much to draw close to G-d when he or she is ill or debilitated.

Then even those more mundane sorts of things become infused with a mitzvah-quality thats on par with more clear-cut mitzvahs! And they become expressions of acquiescence to G-ds will, and means of perfection. The very food we munch, exercise we do, shoreline we walk, etc. thus serves to fulfill G-ds will in this world every bit as much as the wine wed use to make Kiddush on Shabbat, for example. And it too enjoys a spiritual elevation.

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