Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Way of G-d

Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 4: "Shema Yisroel and Its Blessings"
Paragraph 10

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 cosmos (and vice versa). Now, that also touches upon our reciting "Shema Yisroel". For when we do, we do even more to urge on the world's rectification, but on another level.

And that's so because besides there being an interrelationship between ourselves and the universe, there's also an affinity between ourselves and "Shema Yisroel". For it contains 248 words and we're composed of 248 organs. (Western physiology has arrived at another count for our organs, but understand that the final tally is arbitrary; for some organs that are now counted as one could 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 our beings, we allow the same thing to happen to the entire universe, thanks to our 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 Egypt (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- and-now.


Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.


 


ARTICLES ON MIKETZ AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Chanukah and Mechiras Yosef: The Hidden Connection
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Interpreting Dreams
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

“So you Think You’re The Man, Alexander?” (Insights for Chanukah)
Jon Erlbaum - 0

ArtScroll

The Lost Jewel
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Light Up Right
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Chanukah: Lights, Camera, Action!
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

> In Your Dreams
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

Yosef's Approach to God-Based Events
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Dreams
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

In the nick of time
Shlomo Katz - 5770

What You See & What You Get
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

Growing Forever
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Reading Between The Lines
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

That's Chanukah
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Achieving Greatness
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5775

Today's Chanuka Miracle
Rabbi David Begoun - 5766



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