Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Regarding the Article; Ein Od

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


A reader asked; “But G-d also has a transcendent property correct? Many “rationalists”, Rambam’ists, and even those who take tzimtzum (contraction) literally might say that your explanation is misguided or even kfira (denial of G-d). I am so confused. I don’t know what to believe.”

“How do people know when we feel the oneness of the universe, we are not just feeling a separate oneness from G-d that He created?

Please help.

Gutman’s response;

      Of course G-d has “a transcendent property.” The entire physical aspect (creation) is but a tiny thought of the Creator.

     Whatever we feel is the One feeling (there is none other) but do we ever actually feel the entirety of the Infinity? Of course not. All we feel is our own limited feelings.

     What should you believe? Look at the practical differences between these two thoughts. One side says that G-d literally withdrew Himself from the place where He put His creation, and to this day He remains above it.

     While the other school says that the Zohar teaches that there is no place devoid of G-d. He never actually withdrew Himself. He merely hid Himself, and to this day He remains everywhere, but He is hiding.

     Those who follow, or believe in the school that says G-d is not in this world will have a more distant “relationship” with their Creator. Those who follow the school that believes that to this day G-d fills, surrounds, and actually is All, will have a more intimate “relationship” with their Creator.

      Both schools have many followers. Which makes more sense to you? The bottom line is you should believe like the righteous community you live with, but my advice to you is, choose your neighbors carefully.


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