Shomer Emunim #34-35

14 Apr

Shomer Emunim #34-35  

4-9-2015

Reminder: the translation is by;
 The Horonsteipler Rav; Rabbi Mordechai Twerski, Shlita,
Edited & transcribed by his talmid, Shaul Taub.
Brackets are notes from Rabbi Twerski, Braces are editors’ notes.

She’altiel: G-d forbid that we should make the mistake of attributing anything physical to Hashem even though we find descriptions such as “The eyes of Hashem” (Devorim 11:12), “The ears of Hashem” (Bamidbar 11:1), and similar seemingly physical descriptions written in the Torah. Chazal already taught us that the Torah speaks using human language (Kedushin 17b, and there you’ll find a list of references. Also see The Rambam’s Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah, Chapter 1, Halacha 9 & 12) and that the descriptions of anger, rage and other types of changes and reactions that the Torah references to Hashem, are all really put in such a way that the ear can tolerate, so that we can hear and make sense of an idea {to make those ideas somewhat comprehensible to man}. So we really don’t need to delve into any other areas of study to convince us of the need to remove any of these deficient descriptions of Hashem. [So why do we need Kabbalah to teach us that?]

Yehoyada: This is where you’re making a mistake. Chazal’s clarification that the Torah uses the language of man, is sufficient for us to understand that when the Torah mentions physical limbs and other physical attributes, it cannot be taken literally. However, we still need to understand what the Torah means when it uses human functions, reactions and material descriptions when referring to Hashem. There are, after all, a few descriptions listed in the Torah that are human body physical limitations, and simpletons take them simply. For example: “I will go down and see” (Bereshis 18:21), “Hashem lifted Himself above Avrohom” (Bereshis 17:22), “Hashem says: Now I will get up” (Tehilim 12:6), and the like. The same can be said about the personality traits and reactions. There are a number of them that the simpletons will take literally such as: “compassion and kindness” (Yoel 2:13, Yonah 4:2, etc.), “G-d is vengeful and spiteful” (Nachum 1:2), “Hashem will rejoice over you” (Yeshaya 62:5), “Hashem rejoices in his actions” (Tehilim 104:31), and the like. And more specifically when it comes to the subject of prayer, there are quite a few descriptions that the simpletons will misjudge and come to take literally since Hashem can be swayed, and Has a will, and He loves, and hates, and gets angry, is compassionate, is joyful, and the like; since all of those are humanistic personality traits. One can recognize that all those personality traits tremendously contradict the belief in a simple Oneness. So therefore, anyone that wishes not to have a flaw in his belief in Hashem needs to learn the knowledge of Kabbalah, because with that knowledge one can come to understand the inner secrets of how Hashem directs the world, and what the Torah means when it refers to limbs and the various attributes and descriptions that are written in the Torah, and How to relate them to Hashem’s power.

Copyright © 2015 Shaul Taub
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