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 Spiritual Realm"

Paragraph 6

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 theyíre 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-dís will in the process. We change the course of history, "destiny", and the very machinations of the universe!

In fact, weíre 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. Itís important to recall, though, that we can either play a conscious role in all that; or an unconscious, incidental one, depending on our decisions.

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.

Itís 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).

Subscribe to Ramchal and receive the class via e-mail.


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Well Check-Up
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

To Fergin or Forget
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

'Mehadrin' - An Understanding of the Concept
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

Good and Bad Company
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Horns and Hedonism
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

The World of Learning
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

> Torah Education
Rabbi Wein - 5768

Chanukah Oil: A Real No-Know
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

Making A Deal With The Almighty In The Tradition of Yaakov Avinu
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Lost Jewel
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Leaving... a Good Impression
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Brothers in Scorn
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Anti-Semitism: The Original Source
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Every Little Bit Counts
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

Sadly Released from Prison
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

How to Affect Your Enviroment
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755



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