Saturday, February 2, 2008

Daily Torah Thought - 2/3


"You may, again, recognize the world as the temple of Gd's omnipotence, without, however, feeling that every spot on which you tread in this temple is hallowed to Gd. You may recognize in the multitude of created beings a great concourse of the servants of Gd, without, however, regarding and feeling yourself as also a creature and a servant of Gd. You may have recognized the lofty vocation of Israel as Gd's instrument in history for the education of the human race, without feeling yourself to be in every fibre a son or daughter of Israel. So long as this is so, your knowledge is barren. The flower of actual life does not spring from it.

"It is for this reason that Israel's life-history opens with the words, 'I, the Lord, Who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, I am the Lord thy Gd.'"

(R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb, paragraphs 2-3)

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