"The Way of G-d"
Part 2: “Divine Providence”
Ch. 1: “Divine Providence in General”
Now, as we'd already said 1 the creation of the material world
began with the Transcendent Forces, out of which emitted all physical things
and their specific qualities. For there is nothing in the material world --
either major of minor -- that isn't somehow rooted in some element of those
That being in place, G-d Himself then oversees each thing along the lines He
created them, in that He first oversees the Transcendent Forces and
everything that results from them, then He oversees the angels 3
and sees to it that they carry out their duties 4.
1. See 1:5:3.
2. Ramchal cites the realm in which the transfer of things from the
Transcendent Forces to the material world takes place, as well as the
process involved, in other works. See Adir Bamarom 1, p. 222 and 2, p. 71;
and Kitzur HaKavanah p.28
3. See 1:5:2.
4. See note 1 to 1:5:3 which refers to G-d's on-going interactions with
the Transcendent Forces and the angels
Ramchal's over-all aim here is to underscore the idea presented in 2:1:1
that since "every single being -- celestial or earthly -- was created to
play a specific and important part in the ultimate goal of the universe",
G-d thus "decided to oversee each thing" including the Transcendent Forces
and the angels "in order to keep it on the specific course He wanted it to
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