Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Angels and Us

Some religions believe that holiness cannot be found in this world, which is mired in physicality, and as such cannot be a source of spiritual enlightenment. They believe in secluding themselves from the mundane distractions of this world, such as family relationships, work and business, and communal affairs. They idealize silent solitude and meditation as the only way one can come close to the Divine.

Judaism takes a radically different approach. We believe that the highest levels of spirituality can be achieved only by engaging in worldly matters. To affirm this tenet of our faith, a number of times during the prayers we repeat the verse, “Holy, Holy, Holy is Hashem, the whole world is filled with His glory.”

According to the vision of the Prophet Yeshaya, this statement is proclaimed by the Heavenly Host in praise of Hashem. By calling out this verse in unison, the congregation declares that although G-d’s holiness is way beyond anything we can comprehend, nonetheless it surrounds us even in this lowly world, and we can access it here through worldly matters. Like the angels and other celestial beings that Hashem Himself created, we recognize His complete authority over the universe (Abudaraham).

Our Sages tell us that the celestial servants of Hashem do not praise Him until we have done so in our prayers. For this reason, some halachic authorities rule that we should not say Kedusha ahead of the rest of the congregation (Makor Chaim 59,4). However, if one knows that the congregation will rush through that section of the prayers, one may say it slowly beforehand by himself (Rav Chaim Kanievsky as cited in Ishei Yisrael 17,27).


Text Copyright © 2008 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON TERUMAH:

View Complete List

Elevating the Physical
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

Offer of the Princes
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Placing Plaques on Shtenders and Benches
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Real Story in the Making
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Inspiration Needs To Be Translated Into Physical Action
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

A Vision Thing
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Invest in Yourself
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Workout
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

If Properly Prepared
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

ArtScroll

Divine Accounting
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5766

Community Funds for Golden Vessels
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Who Goes Hither, Freind or Foe
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

> The Famous Ark
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Part God, Part Us
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

There are No Shortcuts
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

Honest to G-d
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760



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