The Duties of the Heart
Gate One. “The Wholehearted Acceptance of the Oneness of G-d”
In order to truly accept G-d's Oneness in our hearts as we're expected to
do, we'd first need to accept the reality of G-d Himself. So in this
chapter we'll lay out what we'd have to do to start the process. Then we'll
go through it later on.
Whenever we set out to understand anything at all we're not sure even exists
we're obliged to first determine whether in fact it does. Then, once we
determine that, we're obliged to establish just what that thing is, how it
exists, and why it exists.
So, to use an example, if I wanted to understand the make-up of a
particularly unique star somewhere in another galaxy, I'd first have to see
if it exists in fact. Then I'd have to determine just what it is-- what
it's comprised of; how it exists-- how it functions; and why it
exists-- what unique functions it serves.
When it comes to G-d, though, we certainly couldn't establish what He is.
Since no human being could ever hope to fathom G-d's essential Being. For as
we'll learn, the best we can do is understand how He represents Himself in a
world of time and space that He Himself far surpasses. We also couldn't
establish just how He exists for much the same reason.
Nor could we determine just why He exists for two reasons. First, because
He exists simply because He's G-d. And second because delving into that would
either draw us dangerously close to heresy if handled the wrong way, or
magnificently close to absolute truth if handled the right way (which we're
simply not prepared for). Suffice it to say though that the subject itself is
far beyond our discussions here.
So we'll first set out to discover whether G-d exists after all (the short
answer is of, of course) in the following chapters, then we'll determine
whether there's only one of Him (and the short answer is again yes), then
we'll delve into the concept of His oneness itself until we're clear
Only then will we be in a position to wholeheartedly accept G-d's Oneness as
spoken of in the verse, Hear O Israel! G-d is our L-rd; G-d is One
(Deuteronomy 6:4). Because only then will we know what we're saying
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