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Why did G‑d create this physical universe? What role does it play in G‑d’s plan? In this fourth of a six-part series on core Jewish beliefs, we discuss why G‑d desires this lowly and crass world, and how the material can ultimately become more G‑dly than the spiritual.

What Jews Believe: The World

What Jews Believe: The World

Jewish Theology, Lesson 4

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What Jews Believe: The World: Jewish Theology, Lesson 4

Why did G‑d create this physical universe? What role does it play in G‑d’s plan? In this fourth of a six-part series on core Jewish beliefs, we discuss why G‑d desires this lowly and crass world, and how the material can ultimately become more G‑dly than the spiritual.
What Jews Believe 4
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Dwelling for G-d in the Physical World, Refinement & Elevation of Sparks, Physicality and Spirituality, Creation, Purpose of, Physical World, The
Questions for Discussion
1. How do the first two books of the Five Books of Moses represent the difference between the “subject” and the “object” of G‑d’s plan?
2. What is the primary purpose of performing commandments? Why are the commandments physical actions per se?
3. What is the difference between “spiritual,” “physical” and “G‑dly”? How does this explain why G‑d’s purpose for creation is on earth, not in heaven?

Further Reading:

Texts Cited
Exodus 25:8
Essays
Sparks
The Chase
The Physical World According to Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
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Rabbi Manis Friedman, a noted Chassidic philosopher, author and lecturer, is dean of Bais Chana Women's Institute of Jewish Studies.
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Michael Harshberger June 22, 2015

Loving it, even in 2015 Reply

Anonymous December 23, 2013

Thank you In this video, you answered questions that have been frustrating me for a long time. Thank you, Rabbi Friedman! Reply

Debra December 19, 2013

I'm inspired Dear Rabbi
Thank you so much for such a beautiful and inspiring lesson and it is a wish of my heart to elevate all the physical to holiness and to make this world a dwelling place for Hashem. Reply

Anonymous Dayton, OH via chabaddayton.com December 19, 2013

What Jews Believe I belong to your faith through messengers like you, Rabbi Friedman.

thanks for the inspiration. and thanks be to God for messengers like you. Reply

Hans Georg Oswald near Munich December 15, 2013

Brilliant Thanks a lot for this class about the world. You gave excellent answers to a lot of questions I had about the relationship between heaven and earth. Reply

Anonymous Mercersburg December 4, 2013

Thank you Avidly watching this series! Thanks! Reply

victoria tucuman December 4, 2013

What Jews Believe It is an interesting class Rabino. Thank you very much. Shalom - Hanukkah Sameaj Reply

Anonymous Mexico December 3, 2013

This is an enlightening class. Thank you Rabbi Friedman. Reply