“G-d is all and all is G-d” (Rebbe Isaac of Homil)
“G-d is all” means that nothing exists except G-d. “All is G-d” means that G-d’s very essence appears in everything. This constitutes the Divine soul’s “run and return” – it’s cycle of ascent and descent.
To only run (saying only “G-d is all”) results in nihilism. To do nothing but return (saying only, “all is G-d”) results in pantheism. Running and returning together elevate everything to its root in Divine nothingness.
Although G-d is all, the world, paradoxically does exist. And although all is G-d, our physical senses deceive us in this “world of deceit.” (Tanchuma Emor 10)
The moral: stay here, but don’t take what you see at face value.
The Wondering Jew, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh
G-d (Hashem) wants you to know the truth in your mind, but the main thing He wants, is for you to internalize it in your heart! The holy Shema Prayer reads: “You should love your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might”, and later it says “And internalize these things into your heart.”
Hashem wants you to choose Him with your heart, with your innermost being, with your happiness. Hashem wants your happiness!! And how can you be happy if you are serving Hashem only intellectually? Without putting your heart into it?
Adapted from Hashem Wants Your Heart, by Rav Dror
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Rebbe Nachman said that it is impossible for any human to fulfill one’s obligations in serving G-d perfectly. “G-d doesn’t demand the impossible from man” (Avoda Zora 3), “nor was the Torah given to the angels” (Kidushin 74). The Torah wasn’t meant to be harsh. About people who are too careful and add extra restrictions, the Torah says (Vayikra 18), “you shall live with them,” not “you shall die with them.” (see Mesechta Yoma 85a).
The commandments of G-d were made to bring happiness and joy into our hearts. This happiness can only be obtained through serving G-d with simplicity without adding extra restrictions that G-d does not ask of us at all. Truly one should throw away all the preconceived notions and assumptions and worship G-d in purity and simplicity.
Adapted from A System of Learning: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov