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G-d Playing Peek-A-Boo

G-d Playing Peek-A-Boo

''Creation'' a painting chassidic artist Baruch Nachshon of Hebron
"Creation" a painting chassidic artist Baruch Nachshon of Hebron

Everywhere in the world, parents play peek-a-boo with their children. It is a major discovery of life, a cornerstone in human development: To realize that something is there even when you cannot see it, that the world is not defined by your subjective perception, that there is something that absolutely is -- whether you know of it or not.

All our life, all of the world, is G‑d playing with us that same game. He peeks with a miracle and then hides behind nature. Eventually, we look behind nature to find Him there.

If He had made the world a complete and utter mystery, we would have no path to know Him. And if all would fit together like a neat and tidy grandfather clock, we would not know that there is anything more to know.

So He took His raw, unknowable Will and cloaked it in wisdom, from which He formed a world. We approach the wisdom only to find ourselves swimming in an unfathomable ocean of wonders.

Now it is within the mind's grasp to know that no thought can grasp Him.

An open miracle is somewhat of a disappointment for G‑d. Once all is said and done, He got His way only by ignoring the norms of our lower world. To perform miracles only by bullying Nature is to concede that our world is a place the Infinite Light does not belong.

To make a true impact, He also makes miracles that blend seamlessly into the order of things below.

G‑d can do anything. He could even, as the Talmudic saying goes, fit an elephant through the eye of a needle.

So, how would He do it? Would He make the elephant smaller? Or would He expand the eye of the needle?

Neither. The elephant would remain big, the eye of the needle small. And He would fit the elephant through the eye of the needle.

Illogical? True. But logic is just another of His creations. He who created logic is permitted to disregard it.

When the world was made, G‑d was left with two lights: A light of boundless energy that encompasses all things and gives them being, but transcends them, and a penetrating light that vitalizes all things but is limited and darkened by them.

The first light is a pure expression of there is none else but He, so from it extend miracles, acts that deny the world any significance.

The second light is an expression of His desire that there be a world, so from it extends the natural order of things, a world of elements behaving as though they are directed by their own properties.

But G‑d did not want a world where there are two Powers That Be -- one of Nature and one of Supernature. So He made the two lights to play in harmony, to reveal that they both shine from one Source.

How does He do it? Does He blunt the miracles so they could fit into the natural order? Or does He alter the properties of nature to compromise with the miracles?

Neither. Each element acts according to its natural properties, while miracles of the highest order occur.

Impossible? Plant a seed and watch it grow. Plant good deeds and watch with wonder the miracles that ensue.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
Illustration by Chassidic artist Baruch Nachshon.
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Anonymous December 28, 2006

Scripture and open-mindedness Truth Adherer, Anonymous here.
Valid question. Personally, I would welcome the discussion from said theoretical Chinese citizen and be completely open to the possibility that most Americans know less about our own history and constitution than someone else. I'm not responsing that way to be flippant, either. While living in Japan for several years, I discovered that many Japanese people understand American history and our constitution better than many Americans. It would not surprise me to find a Chinese citizen with similar understanding and knowledge.
I also appreciate Tzvi Freeman's challenge to be more open-minded to accept that these are your traditional beliefs. I do accept that these are your traditional beliefs and am offering my opinion and explaining my beliefs. I now also realize that Jewish tradition has a different meaning for the "eye of a needle" than this historical scriptural context to which I was referring and I apologize for the confusion.
Warmest regards. Reply

Truth Adherer via December 16, 2006

"scripture"? Anonymous, consider this question: I assume you're an American. How would you respond to, let's say a Chinese citizen living in China who doesn't even understand English, who tells you that you, as an American, don't understand what American history says and what the American constitution says, and that you've gotten your own history and constitution completely wrong? Reply

Mendel December 14, 2006

Heaven exposed! Thats like what the auther also has in Heaven exposed... the best book by far... go buy it! Reply

Tzvi Freeman (Author) December 13, 2006

Re: He who created logic is permitted to disregard Anonymous, I'm glad to see there are people who are open-minded enough to come and see what we have to side, as opposed to those who jump to conclusions and are quick to condemn. I would encourage you, however, to extend your open-mindedness just a little further to accept that these are our traditional beliefs, the beliefs of those who gave you the scriptures. We believe that "In the beginning, G_d created" not only the earth, but the heavens as well--meaning all the very parameters of being. Nothing precedes G_d, nothing earthly, nor spiritual, no concept of space, time or logic. All is His voluntary, deliberate creation and all is sustained at every moment by His will. Reply

Anonymous December 12, 2006

He who created logic is permitted to disregard it? I came upon your website after reading the article about Christmas trees being removed from the SeaTac airport after a rabbi complained about a Menorah not being included in the holiday displays. I have found several of the articles enlightning to the nature of your practices and belief system. I take issue, however, with the assertion made in this article that "he who created logic is permitted to disregard it." I firmly believe that He who created the world did so within the bounds of the laws of nature and physics. The way He was able to do so is not understood by us because we don't understand all the laws of nature and physics. I think it is an injustice to the lawgiver to assume that He does not also obey His own laws. Furthermore, I do not think it consistent with scripture to assert that He created logic. Also interesting to me is the writer's lack of understanding of the historical meaning of the phrase "eye of a needle" as used in scripture. Reply

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