• Visitors Now:
  • Total Visits:
  • Total Stories:
Profile image
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

In Front of Me

Monday, March 6, 2017 22:30
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.
0

Everything is foreseen, yet free will is granted…the mystical side of Judaism and life

   by Reb Gutman Locks   

      A yeshiva student stopped me at the Kotel and asked; “When we daven (pray) we are supposed to think that we place Hashem in front of us.[i] If Hashem is all, then how am I supposed to picture everything standing in front of me?”

     ”Yes, Hashem is all, but all is not Hashem,” I told him,

      I pointed to the prayer book he was holding, “Is this G-d?”

      He answered, “G-d is all, so this has to be G-d, too.”

     ”No way!” I said, “G-d is all, but all is not G-d. Is this book infinite?”

      He said, “It has to be because the Infinite is all.”

      I tried to explain, “No, the book is not infinite because the book is not the floor, nor is it anything else. The book is just the book. The Infinite is all including the book, and the floor, and everything else.”

     I told him, “Place Hashem before us when we daven means that we should talk to Hashem remembering that He is right here with us, right in front of our thoughts.”   

     In truth, Hashem is even closer than that since He fills and surrounds all, but when we pray we want to talk to Hashem as the King, the Creator, our Father. These names point to different attributes that Hashem uses to guide His creation. We address Him with these different “titles” when we pray, but Hashem is not limited to these aspects. He is all, and He is way beyond the all too. The all is but a thought, a word of His.”

 



[i] Psalms 16:8 “I have set Hashem before me…”



Source:
Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Today's Top Stories

Most Recent Stories

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story
Share This Story:
Print this story
Email this story
Digg
Reddit
StumbleUpon
Share on Tumblr
GET ALERTS:

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.