Strong Faith

We only speak of faith when the one who believes does not know why he believes. But even so, for the believer himself the thing he believes in is perfectly clear and obvious to him — as if he saw it with his own eyes. This is because his faith is so strong (LM 62: 5).

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov; Rabbi Nathan of Breslov. Advice – Likutey Etzot (p. 30). Breslov Research Institute. Kindle Edition.

G-d is All and All is G-d

“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

Fall Away