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Fusing Opposites

Fusing Opposites


The creation of the world fused two opposites: limitation and infinity. At the time of creation “G‑d said to the world ‘enough,’" which implies limitation. At the same time G‑d did not leave any deficiencies in the world, as we see from the statement “The world was created in its fullness,” which implies infinity. It is also thus in man (a world in miniature). On one hand, he is created in a measured and limited form, with a defined and exact number of limbs; and on the other hand, G‑d bestows unlimited potential upon him, so that he can make the world an infinite dwelling for G‑d.

Adam fulfilled his mission immediately with his creation: he caused the whole world to join in saying “Come let us bow and bend the knee, and bless before G‑d who made us.” We, too, crown G‑d as King, not only of Israel, but of the whole world.

From where does such an unlimited power flow in a person, despite his creation as limited and finite, as part of the limited world?-from the fulfillment of mitzvot. The fulfilment of a mitzvah, a word related to the word “tzavta” "connection" - connects man with his unlimited Creator, Who is above all categorization and able to fuse opposites. This connection provides even limited man with unlimited abilities.

(Likkutei Sichot, vol. 24, p. 606)

Excerpted from Days Of Awe, Days Of Joy. Published and Copyright by Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn NY 11213
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