The Duties of the Heart
Gate One. “The Wholehearted Acceptance of the Oneness of G-d”
Those of us in search of spiritual excellence now know a great and
overarching truism. That truly "No one can compare to You", G-d (Psalms
40:6), and that indeed, "G-d who is our L-rd, is One G-d" (Deuteronomy 6:4).
For we now know all that that implies.
Thanks to what we've learned we've come to understand that G-d is the one and
only Creator of this complex and multifarious universe; that He alone is
truly, simply, and absolutely one; and that His Being is utterly removed from
our experience (after all, He has no attributes and can't really be
We're thus privy to insights few people have, and are privileged to have had
our doubts swept away in a great wind-storm of clarity.
Taking the truth of all this to heart can turn us around and enable us to be
the people we're capable of being. After all-- we know.
Questions now pop up, though. Isn't G-d described in many ways in the Torah?
And isn't He depicted as doing or feeling this or that? Doesn't that
contradict all we've learned?
We'll begin to touch upon all that the next time.
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