The Way of G-d
Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 4: "Shema Yisroel and Its Blessings"
We humans are said to be whole worlds unto ourselves and paradigms of the
entire universe. Thus, what happens to us reflects and impacts upon the
(and vice versa). Now, that also touches upon our reciting "Shema
when we do, we do even more to urge on the world's rectification, but on
And that's so because besides there being an interrelationship between
ourselves and the universe, there's also an affinity between ourselves
Yisroel". For it contains 248 words and we're composed of 248 organs.
physiology has arrived at another count for our organs, but understand
final tally is arbitrary; for some organs that are now counted as one
certainly be considered two depending on their functions and vice versa).
So, when we enable the light of G-d's Sovereignty to shine upon us when we
recite "Shema Yisroel" and to then foster a certain occult refinement of
beings, we allow the same thing to happen to the entire universe, thanks
interrelationship with it.
Thus, while we help bring about the *ultimate* rectification of the entire
universe (see 4:4:3,8) and affirm the rectification of the exodus from
(see 4:4:9) whenever we recite "Shema Yisroel", we also allow for another,
smaller degree of rectification to come about in the universe in the here-
Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.