Hashem is your Shadow

King David said, “Hashem is your shadow on your right side.” (T’hillim 121:5). Just like a shadow moves in the direction of the thing that casts it, so too does Hashem cause the worlds to “shadow” the actions of man. The Midrash explicitly states: Hashem said to Moshe, “Go and tell the Jewish people that My name is, ‘I will be what I will be’.” What does “I will be what I will be” mean? It means that, just as you are with Me, that is how I will be with you. This is what David meant when he said that “Hashem is your shadow”, for just like with a shadow if you laugh, it laughs; if you cry, it cries; if you present an angry or happy countenance, it will do likewise. Thus, too, is Hashem your shadow: as you are with Him, that is the way He will respond to you. (Nefesh HaChaim, Ch. 7)

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