Monday, May 09, 2011

Who Is Your G-d?

Many people, without realizing, end up with two gods:
One god is an impersonal, all-encompassing, transcendent force.
But then, at times of trouble, they cry out to another, personal god, with whom they have an intimate relationship.
Our faith is all about knowing that these two are one. The same G-d who is beyond all things, He is the same one who hears your cries and counts your tears. The same G-d who is the force behind all existence and transcends even that, He is the same G-d who cares about what is cooking in your kitchen and how you treat your fellow human being.
G-d cannot be defined, even as transcendent. He is beyond all things and within them at once.


From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman's book, "Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here. Rabbi Freeman is available for public speaking and workshops. Read more on his bio page.

1 comment:

Shmuel said...

Rav Soloveitchik formulated a similar concept in his masterful essay "Majesty an Humility":
http://www.traditiononline.org/news/originals/Volume%2017/No.%202/Majesty%20and%20Humility.pdf
The whole thing is worthwhile, but in particular see chapter 3.