"The Way of G-d"
Part 1: "The Fundamental Principles of Reality"
Ch. 5: "The Spiritual Realm"
We'll return now to a point made a while back. Which was that we have it
within us to affect change in the transcendent forces that G-d uses to govern
the universe. And that we can do that by using material things particular
ways (since they’re inexorably linked to the transcendent forces, and so they
can effect them in an about-face sort of way).
Thus we see that we do something magical when we utilize material things in a
mitzvah-related way (by either using them to realize a mitzvah or to avoid a
misdeed), and when we apply conscious attention to fulfilling G-d’s will in
the process. We change the course of history, "destiny", and the very
machinations of the universe!
In fact, we’re said to become G-d's "partners" in creation by assuming such
an active, vital role in the playing-out of His agenda for the universe and
in His Providence. It’s important to recall, though, that we can either play
a conscious role in all that; or an unconscious, incidental one, depending on
Ramchal makes the point, though, that there are many, many factors and
details involved in all this. That explains all the specific ins and outs of
Halacha (Torah practice and regimen). For like any good recipe that has to be
adapted to available ingredients and utensils, weather, time of day, mood,
and the like-- the Halachic way of "cooking" (i.e., affecting change in) the
universe depends on a great deal of specific details as well.
It’s also important to note that while the compass within which we're to
accomplish all this is fairly wide, it does have its fixed limits. And G-d
alone knows them. For while our sages and their adherents certainly passed
down the details and some of the implications of His mitzvahs, only G-d can
see them as they are in full. "For no one but You, G-d, has heard... or seen
what will occur to one who awaits" (Isaiah 64:3).
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