"The Way of G-d"
Part 1: "The Fundamental Principles of Reality"
Ch 5: The Different Realms and Their Specific Situations
The actual existence and makeup of this universe depends on the
Transcendent Forces, both from the first and each moment since
1. As, whatever occurs here depends on the order of things in
the Transcendent Forces, and whatever occurs in them occurs here, too
2. For the Transcendent Forces were first set up in certain
ways and with specific boundaries and everything that came about
afterwards followed their patterns.
It’s also true that the existence and makeup of the Transcendent Forces
are what they are because of the Forces’ essential natures, while the
existence and makeup of physical things depend on and are a consequence
of the Transcendent Forces yet they are what they are because of their
essential natures 3.
1. See 3:2:1.
That’s to say that while “G-d created heaven and earth” (Genesis 1:1) to
be sure, and while, as He Himself put it, “There is none besides Me (in
control of the universe, for); I am the L-rd, and there is no other. It
is I who forms light and creates darkness, who makes well-being and
creates calamity, for I (alone) am G-d who does all these things”
(Isaiah 45:6-7), still-in-all, the means He uses to do that were and are
the Transcendent Forces which are in fact the nerve center and footing
of all of existence
2. That implies that the two realms are metaphors for each other
for all intents and purposes: understand one and you essentially
understand the other. It also implies that the Transcendent Forces and
the physical realm depend on each other, and that each is fulfilled by
the other like body and soul.
The best paradigm for the relationship between the two realms is the one
between thoughts and actions. Just as our thoughts promulgate our
actions and our actions fulfill our thoughts, the Transcendent Forces
promulgate the physical realm and the physical realm fulfills the
3. That is, while physical things derive from the Transcendent
forces, they’re nonetheless decidedly physical.
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.