Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"The Way of G-d"

Part 3: "The Soul, Inspiration, Prophecy, and the Supernatural"

Chapter 2: "Theurgy"

Paragraph 5

It's here that we actually touch upon theurgy per se, which we defined as "the art of affecting change in the world through the recitation of Divine names and the like" (3:2:1).

But we'll first have to repeat and underscore certain points made earlier on about the universe's spiritual backdrop before we can go on to explain the idea of G-d having various "names" in the first place, and how we can affect change in the world by using them. (In fact, the very idea that the One G-d would "need" or assume more than one name should strike us as odd; it doesn't simply because we're used to the Torah using different names.)

In any event, let it be underscored that everything -- from the loftiest of entities to the lowliest, from the broadest and most sweeping to the very most specific, and from the primary to the peripheral -- owes its existence to G-d Almighty. Let it also be understood that G-d avails Himself to everything and everyone, and interacts with everything and everyone in a unique fashion. Ramchal and others refer to His interactions as His "emanations" (see 2:8:3).

These emanations keep everything intact and are thus vital for everything's well-being and very existence. Each one affects a specific and particular change in the world, and each begins on high in the angelic realm, where it then passes down to this world.

Now, G-d wanted us to refer to Him by name, we're taught. For indeed it's only by calling Him by name that we become aware of Him and have a means to thus draw close to Him. (After all, we can't familiarize ourselves with or refer to things that aren't named -- even if we name it "X"; and we certainly can't have a relationship with a nameless, "faceless" entity).

G-d's particular Four Letter Name ("Yod", "Heh", "Vov", and "Heh" as written in Hebrew) is unique to the expression of His Glory, but He makes use of many other names. The point to be made is that each one represents a specific emanation.

G-d bestows a degree of the sort of illumination and influence we'd been addressing till now in this chapter upon people who utter His name. And their uttering it under very specific conditions also bestirs the Divine emanation associated with it in an arcane manner. And once that emanation is bestirred, it affects the sort of change in the world it alone can affect.

Uttering those names can also affect the sort of supernatural changes we spoke of before. It can even elevate the individual uttering them to such a degree that he can commune with angels and other spiritual beings who can supply him with information and degrees of enlightenment otherwise beyond his ken. He can even draw upon Divine Inspiration and prophecy, which we'll discuss in the next chapter. And the process involves repeating one of these names (or a combination of names, and other utterances) either in his mind or out-loud while fulfilling other specific conditions.

This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel, and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.

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


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Join the Voices in the Ark
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

In His Generation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Unity and Conformity
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Best Policy
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

Choosing Sides
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

When the Illegitimate Becomes Legitimate
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

> Who By Fire, Who By Water
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Miracles Can Happen Slowly
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

Hide the Shame
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

ArtScroll

The Roots of Evil
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Send The Guinea Pig!
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Making It Perfect
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Missed Opportunities
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Coming to Terms with the World to Come
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

The Sign of the Olive
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

How To Need Nothing And Have Everything
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764



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