Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Way of G-d

Part 1: "The Fundamental Principles of Reality"

Ch. 1: "G-d"

Paragraph 3

The next thing is that G-d's existence is "imperative" -- “He simply couldn’t not exist”, if we or anything else are to exist 1. Let’s explain these ideas.

By definition, an imperative is either a "prerequisite", or something that’s "absolutely required". When we think of a "prerequisite" or something "absolutely required", we’re immediately drawn back to school, where there were always prerequisite courses we had to take before we could either go further on or graduate. With that in mind we'll take the expression that G-d's existence is “imperative” to mean that He simply has to exist if anything else is to follow and to advance. So, "G-d simply couldn't not exist" because if He didn't exist nothing else could either exist from the first or go onward.

There’s an emotional sense of the term "imperative", too. It refers to the fact that when we have an "imperative need" for something, we experience an acute, aching, burning desire for it, and we could be said to be “in pain” without it. So in that sense of the word, you and I can be said to experience a deep and existential "imperative need" for G-d all the time. We simply couldn't exist, couldn't "go on" without Him.

But there’s another point being made here, and it’s that G-d isn’t simply an adjunct (however great and Almighty) to creation, or merely its Originator -- He is its Source, its Soul, and its Life. And it denies spontaneous generation, which is to say, creation by happenstance, chance, or as a consequence of the stuff of core physical and chemical reactions. Without Him -- if one could even posit such a reality -- nothing whatsoever would exist, period. That’s why He’s referred as The Supreme Being or The Most High 2.

Notes:

1. See Ma’amar HaIkkurim (“BaBorei Yitbarach”) and Ma’amar HaChochma (“Aleinu Leshabaiyach”). Also see Yesodei HaTorah 1:2.

Understand, of course, that these ideas don’t explain anything about G-d Himself. It would be absurd to say that His own existence is “imperative” if He Himself is to exist as well as absurd to say that He “simply couldn’t not exist” if He’s to exist.

2. See Numbers 24:16, Deuteronomy 32:8, 2 Samuel 22:14, Psalms 7:17, 91:1 as well as Tikkunei Zohar 17a and Pardes 3:1.


Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has translated and commented upon "The Gates of Repentance", "The Path of the Just", and "The Duties of the Heart" (Jason Aronson Publishers). His works are available in bookstores and in various locations on the Web.


 


ARTICLES ON MIKETZ AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

A New Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Lighting Up the Streets
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

Dreams
Shlomo Katz - 5763

ArtScroll

The Fall of Communism
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Our Noble Mission
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

"Your Servant, Our Father"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5775

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Superficial Light
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Waning or Waxing
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Dreamers and Doers
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Light of Devotion
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Of Endings and Beginnings
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Shedding Light on the Identity Crisis
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

> 8 - The Symbol of Eternity
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Everyday Miracles
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

A Spiritual Holiday
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

What A Pity!
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information