Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 01 – audio

The Alter Rebbe explained in the previous chapters that the Scriptural statement that “in the heavens above and upon the earth below there is none other,” is not intended to negate the existence of another god. Rather, it tells us that Divine Unity is such that there is no true existence other than G‑d, for […]

Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 02 – audio

והנה גדר ובחינת שם עולם נופל על בחינת מקום ובחינת זמן דוקא The term “world” can be applied solely to [that which possesses] the dimensions of space and time, בחינת מקום הוא מזרח ומערב, צפון, דרום, מעלה ומטה “space” referring to east, west, north and south, upward and downward, ובחינת זמן: עבר, הוה ועתיד and […]

Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 03 – audio

ולפי שמדת מלכותו יתברך מיוחדת במהותו ועצמותו יתברך בתכלית היחוד, כמו שיתבאר Now, since [G‑d’s] attribute of Malchut is united with His Essence and Being in an absolute union, as will be explained, הלכך גם בחינת המקום והזמן בטילים במציאות ממש לגבי מהותו ועצמותו יתברך, כביטול אור השמש בשמש space and time which are created […]

Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 05 – audio

והנה במה שנתבאר, יובן מה שכתוב: אני ה׳ לא שניתי Now, from the foregoing exposition one will be able to understand the verse,8 “I, Havayah, have not changed.” פירוש This means: Not only has there been no change in G‑d’s conduct, or even His will, with regard to rewarding the righteous and so on, but […]

Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 06 – audio

וכמו שכתב הרמב״ם ז״ל, שהוא היודע והוא הידוע והוא הדיעה עצמה, הכל אחד As Maimonides, of blessed memory, stated,12 that He is the Knower, He is the Known, and He is Knowledge itself: all are one. This is radically different from mortal knowledge, which comprises three distinct elements: (a) the person’s soul — the knower; […]

Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 07 – audio

וכתיב: החקר אלקה תמצא וגו׳, וכתיב: העיני בשר לך, אם כראות אנוש תראה It is likewise written,18 “Can you by [intellectual] searching find G‑d?…”; and so too,19 “Have You eyes of flesh, and do You see as man sees?” שהאדם רואה ויודע כל הדברים בידיעה שחוץ ממנו For man sees and knows everything with a […]

Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 08 – audio

והנה מכאן In the light of what has been said above — that G‑d’s knowledge is wholly one with G‑d Himself, for otherwise it would imply multiplicity in One Who is perfect unity, יש להבין שגגת מקצת חכמים בעיניהם, ה׳ יכפר בעדם it is possible to understand the error of certain scholars in their own […]

Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 09 – audio

והנה מכאן In the light of what has been said above — that G‑d’s knowledge is wholly one with G‑d Himself, for otherwise it would imply multiplicity in One Who is perfect unity, יש להבין שגגת מקצת חכמים בעיניהם, ה׳ יכפר בעדם it is possible to understand the error of certain scholars in their own […]

Portal of Unity and Belief: Chapter 07 – Part 10 – audio

וזהו גם כן ענין סובב כל עלמין And this is also the meaning of “He encompassess all worlds.” This does not mean to say (heaven forfend) that G‑d is not found within the worlds but merely encompasses them. Rather: פירוש, דרך משל: כשאדם מתבונן באיזה דבר חכמה בשכלו, או דבר גשמי במחשבתו This means, by […]