Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Path of the Just

Chapter 25 (Part 1)

There’s only one way to acquire the sort of deeply affecting and stunning emotion that is the fear of G-d, and that is by taking these bold truths to heart, as Ramchal depicts them: first, “that G-d's Presence is found everywhere”, and second, “that He involves Himself in everything, great and small”. That’s to say that G-d Almighty’s will and being infuses each and person, place, and thing at every moment, and that He interacts with everything and everyone irrespective of their station.

In fact, “nothing is hidden from Him, either because it’s vast or insignificant. (indeed,) regardless of whether something is great or small, scant or imposing, G-d constantly sees and understands it” and busies Himself with it.

After all, didn’t the prophet report that, "The whole world is full of His Glory" (Isaiah 6:3); didn’t G-d Himself say, "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" (Jeremiah 23:24); didn’t the psalmist effulge, "Who is like G-d our G-d, who dwells on high, who lowers Himself to look upon the heavens and the earth?" (Psalms 113:5-6) as well as, "Though G-d is high up, He nonetheless notices the lowly"(Psalms 138:6)?

Given, then, that “the Holy One involves Himself in everything, and that He sees and hears everything, you can be sure that all (your) actions make an impression” up above, so it would be wise to always have that in mind and to act accordingly.

Ramchal goes on from there to then suggest that, “when it (in fact) becomes clear to you that wherever you are, you’re standing before the Divine Presence, you’ll (indeed) arrive at the fear and dread of stumbling in actions that would not be fitting before G-d's profound Glory” as you’ll be infused with the fear of Him and of sinning against Him.


 

Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org

Rabbi Feldman's new book, Bachya Ibn Pakuda's The Duties of the Heart, is now available! Order Now


 

ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

Sweet' Can Emerge From 'Bitter
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

The Test
Shlomo Katz - 5772

A Wise Person Takes Bones
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

> Nothing's More Natural Than Nature
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Clear Intructions
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Following Orders
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

What He Really Wants
Shlomo Katz - 5775

Patience
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

The Enemy Within and Without
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Never Forget
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

Sole Survivor
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Back-Seat Driver
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

ArtScroll

The Essence of Song
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

A Cry from the Heart
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Everyday Miracles
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

The Perfect Script Writer
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772



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