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. 5: "The Different Realms and Their Specific Situations"

Paragraph 6

By Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

Once we instigate a movement down below through our free will, a corresponding movement is instigated from up above in response downward 1.

It’s important to know, though, that G-d has set certain specific and appropriate mechanisms 2 in place when it comes to these two interactions 3 corresponding to G-d’s arcane and overarching plans and means of governance both in the here and now and in the future 4.

Footnotes:

1. This speaks to the reciprocal relationship between G-d and humankind: one acts and the other reacts in kind; without the actions of the first, the actions of the second are somehow less than ideal.

It also speaks to the idea of our being G-d’s “partners” in this world (see Shabbos 11a, 119b).

2. See Da’at Tevunot 126.

3. That’s to say that even loving reciprocal relationships follow rules which both participants must submit to. Given that G-d is one of the participants in the give-and-take discussed here, it follows that it’s His rules that are the ones needed to be taken into account, and that while G-d Himself so to speak “follows” (and initiates) the rules, man cannot help but follow them, too, despite his free will.

4. This addresses a major theme in Ramchal’s kabbalistic works that’s beyond our scope. Refer to Klach Pitchei Chochma 80 for a discussion of “Radlah” for example.


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 TERUMAH:

View Complete List

Where the Torah Does Dwell
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5771

Teaching Limits
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Inspiration Needs To Be Translated Into Physical Action
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

ArtScroll

The Secret of the Mishkan
Shlomo Katz - 5768

A Heart of Wood
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Asking the Impossible
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Exchange Sacrifices for Torah Learning
Shlomo Katz - 5759

A Love Based on Nothing
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5756

Grinding Ground Flour
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Power of Unity
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

Where Heaven Meets Earth
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Always Giving Charity with a Full Heart
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

> According to his Ability
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Charity - A Lopsided Bargain
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

'Who Goes Hither...Friend or Foe'
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

The True "Gift" of Life
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 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