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Covenant Connection

Volume 11 Issue 11
September 2017...Elul 5777

Wisdom Craves God

God is properly addressed as “You.” Infinite, eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing Yah, HaKadosh Baruch Hu (“the Holy One, blessed be He”) isn’t even slightly distant or inaccessible. Don’t worry about clogged switchboards, the King of Kings, the God of intimacy, can handle it. He WANTS us to directly address Him.


Who is us? Every person, all humankind and, we appreciate, any species anywhere with sufficient consciousness… in all the cosmos, in this and every universe. He, HaShem, is up to it. Everything everywhere exists due only to Him AND He is completely with it.


Only a tiny fraction of humankind today regards this God - the “God of Israel,” so-called, the only God there is and the only one worth worshipping – as their King, Redeemer and Judge. Fewer still love Him – as Israel is commanded to love Him (Deuteronomy 6:5: “You shall love HaShem thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” [You and “thy” here being second person singular: YOU).


This is not a fixed circumstance. These points that we bring out here, in "Covenant Connection" and Rainbow Covenant, etc., will strike future generations as too obvious to mention. Expect big changes. Science progresses faster and faster – as the Torah teaches (Genesis 4), people are born to invent, tinker, and advance. Knowledge grows. Even while most of the species abandons the old faiths, science points increasingly not just to the existence of Deity but to Him indeed being a God worth worshipping. It turns out that He is not, for instance, just a “blind watchmaker.” Rather, the rapidly accumulating evidence keeps validating the ancient Hebrew prophets’ testimony, filling in a picture of God for us including His mind-blowing immediacy, constancy, intelligent acuity, compassion, and, e.g., passion for justice.


Consider: up into the 1960’s humanity’s chief savants insisted that the Torah’s recounting of the Creation of the Universe from nothingness was mere fantasy, childish claptrap: a fairy tale. (Discovered evidence of the so-called “Big Bang” clobbered that conceit.) They guaranteed that any God of any sort couldn’t be more than just the “blind watchmaker” Who, having set the universe in motion, retired. But, as it turns out, physical reality isn’t remotely like that; the new science of quantum mechanics reveals the universe to be infinitely more dynamic than previously supposed, that radical changes occur instantly, everywhere; and that God – “if He exists” – can always switch particles on or off and redirect their paths.


Knowledge like that would have shocked the scientists who helped raise up atheism. Thinking like that wasn’t even considered “science.”


Some of us were moved by political events. We watched the Six Day War of 1967: “Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will put ten thousand to flight.” (Leviticus 26:8, Deuteronomy 32:30; Joshua 23:10.) Then the rise of what struck us as Amalek (Exodus 17:8, Deuteronomy 25:17), which shook us… that anyone should, proudly and defiantly, seek to murder the children and women and babies of Israel… and then the sight of so much of the world favoring that cause! Other ancient prophecies struck us… that dividing up the Land of Israel between co-claimants, for instance, “for the sake of peace” was doomed (Exodus 23:32); that the co-claimants would transmogrify into “a non-nation, a vile nation” (Deuteronomy 32:21), “pins in your eyes and thorns in your sides” (Numbers 33:55), which wouldn’t just punish Israel but spark a vast international conspiracy to try to erase the very name of Israel (Psalms 82:5)… Then seeing some of Israel’s worst enemies come under the civil war curse, “I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh,” of Isaiah 49:26….


What other people's Scripture provides instances like these of prophecy fulfilled?


We also experienced great things – positive things - like the discovery of the “Adam gene.” “Science” magazine reported that a biological mutation, having something to do with signals processing, popped up in the human genome some 57-58 centuries ago – or, say, 5777 years ago, Genesis’ date for the creation of the first true men: Adam and Eve, in other words, people capable of reading and understanding God’s Written Torah.


“Science, though it seems to attack the Torah, actually confirms and clarifies it.”
Rabbi Pinchas Korets (c 1780), the Koretser Rebbe

Recently, science proclaimed the discovery of the Higgs Bosun – also called “the God particle” – backing the Torah’s unique and complex Teaching that God’s beneficence extends to every particle in existence, which exist only due to His beneficence.


Incidentally, while it’s probably not the biggest thing, science just discovered – we will put this into “believer’s language” – that God blocks approximately 75% of lethal cosmic radiation from our solar system through its “heliosphere.”  (See “Galaxy Quest,” by Kim Tingley, The New York Times Magazine 8/6/17, p. 32. Along these same lines, Rebbetzin Toby (Mrs.) Michael Katz recommends The Privileged Planet (Gonzalez and Richards, Washington DC, 2004).)


Our successors will see a lot more. The future looks bright. Wise people, moved, as we are, by science and real world events, will discover Torah, humanity’s store-house of living prophecy. We shall certainly cleave to Him, God, as His loving conscious servants. It is a Biblical guarantee.


“For the Earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of HaShem, as the waters cover the sea.”
Habakkuk 2:14


By Michael Dallen

We bend our knees, bow, and acknowledge our thanks before the King Who reigns over kinds, the Holy One, Blessed is He. He stretches out heaven and establishes Earth’s foundation, the seat of His homage is in the heavens above, and His powerful presence is in the loftiest heights. He is our God and there is none other. – from the first pararaph of Aleinu (“It’s our duty”) in the Hebrew prayerbook.


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