Today 8th Elul, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
The Inherent Faith of Israel
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DERECH HASHEM\THE WAY OF HASHEM
The Ramchal states (Derech HaShem 1:1), “Every member of the People of Israel must believe and know that there is a First Being, Who preceded creation and Who is eternal. He brought all things into existence and continues to sustain them. This being is HaShem, may He be blessed.”
Since HaShem is the Creator, we would assume that every nation and every person must recognize that there is a First Being. If so, why did the Ramchal specifically state, “Every member of the People of Israel must believe and know that there is a First Being”? In addition, he wrote that we must “believe and know that there is a First Being.” Doesn’t the knowledge of Hashem’s existence come before belief? That is, how can we believe in HaShem before we know of Him?
The Ramchal answers these questions in the next paragraph, “These things are known by teachings transmitted from the Patriarchs and Prophets. The entire Nation of Israel perceived the Presence of HaShem at the revelation of Mount Sinai, and attained a clear grasp of these truths. They taught these truths to their children, generation after generation, until this very day. In this light, Moshe Rabenu commanded them (Devarim 4:9), ‘You shall not forget the things that you saw with your own eyes – and you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”
The faith in HaShem of the People of Israel is founded upon our living experience of “Knowing HaShem” at Mount Sinai. At that time, we heard Him speak and perceived His awesome and holy Presence. Every fiber in our being recognized that HaShem is the Creator, Sustainer, and King of the Universe.
How fortunate we are! While other nations try to understand the existence of HaShem through rational proofs, the truth of HaShem’s existence is etched – eternally – within the depths of our hearts and souls.
TODAY: Discover the holy place in your soul that experienced HaShem at Mount Sinai.
By Rabbi Zvi Miller.
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