Thursday, August 13, 2009

הוא לבדו

Every Shachris shortly before saying the Shema, we say these words in the brocha of Yotzer Hameoros:

"...For He alone is exalted and holy, effects mighty deeds, makes new things, is Master of wars, sows kindness, makes salvations flourish, creates cures, is too awesome to praise, is Lord of wonders. In His goodness He renews daily, perpetually, the work of creation..."

One morning, my attention was drawn to just two words in this tefilla. The words הוא לבדו ("He alone") seemed to be alluding to a teaching found in Degel Machaneh Ephraim that I wrote about earlier this year.

The Degel Machaneh Ephraim taught that a person has not reached the essence of emuna until he believes that absolutely everything is from Hashem. If he receives his support through an intermediary agent, he must understand that this particular intermediary agent is just one of an infinite number of other possible intermediaries that could have been sent to him.

Simply put, a person must understand that absolutely everything that comes his way through the course of his day is from הוא לבדו - from He alone.


At August 13, 2009 at 8:52:00 AM EDT, Blogger Neil Harris said...

Thank you for giving me something to focus on this morning. Very powerful!

At August 13, 2009 at 11:00:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear simple jew

if we are supposed to think everything comes from G-d, isn't simple hacoras ha tov and courtesy not derech erets but chanufa. Surely this doesn't make sense , and may make someone a kano'oi.

Yours sincerely

At August 13, 2009 at 1:02:00 PM EDT, Blogger IlaN-ach said...

Gershon1085, if one adds to their hakoros ha tov a blessing for the intermediary, eg: "Thank you so much for your assistance, Hashem should bless you in all your endeavors!" You arent flattering the person, your are acknowledging Hashem, and you are building your own hakaras hashem, and the person you blessed is impressioned too with hakoros hashem. You expose his mind to the Hashem's flow of shefa.

At August 13, 2009 at 10:01:00 PM EDT, Blogger Menashe said...

In my experience this isn't just another piece of seichel that one can learn and accept. It takes a real difficult and long term avodah to actually live this emes every day.

At August 17, 2009 at 3:56:00 AM EDT, Anonymous yaakov said...

yasher koach asj
you're right with devarim 4:39
which ends with
"ein od milvado"...
there is H' and nothing else.


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