Shomer Emunim #B14-B15

9 Feb

Shomer Emunim #B14-B15

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

She’altiel: If so, that the purpose of creation was to bestow goodness and kindness, since the nature of good is to bestow goodness to something other than Himself; I still have a question. Why wasn’t the universe ever present? {Why wasn’t the universe always in existence?} Wouldn’t it be worthy of good to be continuously giving good?

Yehoyada: Since He is the only one that we can call the “Initial Cause”, we cannot truly grasp His knowing, and why He did not want the universe to be ever present. Never the less, we can still say that He DID desire to create it new rather than it being always in existence, so that we would be able to think straight and know that HE created it, and that HE alone is what is imperative for all things to exist. Had the world always existed, we would think that all of existence is the obvious product of the world, just like light is the obvious product of the sun. If we say that the universe is a new creation, then we are compelled to say that He, Y.S., IS eternal and always existed. For the sun cannot prevent itself from shining its light, which cannot be said if we acknowledge that the universe is a new creation. And all the worlds and other existences were caused by Him, and were all His handiwork. He was not compelled nor obligated to bring them into existence, but rather it was His will to do it, for He created them at the specific time that He wanted to. [or: “He created what He wanted, in time.”] Also, by recognizing that the universe didn’t always exist, we are therefore compelled to say that He, Y.S., has no need for His universe, because there is nothing as primary as His ever-presence. And the final conclusion is that Creation was for the purpose of bestowing goodness and kindness, which is what He, Y.S., saw in His wisdom. Because it’s better that the world be something new and not ever-present in order to benefit us, and to give us the merits. That would help us avoid many mistakes and confusion, which is one of the stumbling blocks that those who believed in an eternal world are trapped in, which also contradicts many of the essential principals of the Torah.

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