How do we reach the ultimate truth?
When the young Chabad rabbis arrived in Minnesota, they wanted to get a minyan together to recite the whole Tehilim once a month, on the Shabbat before the first of each month, as is the Chabad custom.
The Torah tells us: “Serve God with joy”.
Why can’t we see God?
A man told Rabbi Friedman “I love everything about my wife!”
At the Passover Seder we talk about “four sons,” the smart son, the wicked son, the simple son, and the son who does not know how to ask.
God, we are told, is perfect, and therefore needs nothing.
But if so, why did God create the world?
If God is perfect and needs nothing, why did he make us?
The truth is God does need us, not because God is imperfect, which would be absurd, but because he is perfect.
How is this possible?
If a person has a perfect existence, why have a friend?
If a person has a perfect existence, why get married?
The reason a person who doesn’t need anything gets married or makes friends is because being perfect is pointless if you are alone.
We are made in the image of God.
The one thing God doesn’t have from his own perfection is another. God in all his infinite perfection is still alone. God is infinite, but its all him, no part of God’s infinity isn’t him, and so he is alone.
That is why God created us. He needs us in order not to be alone. He needs us to have togetherness. We are the purpose of creation.
After all, God himself wrote in the Torah: “Its not good… to be alone.”
Stay tuned for a book by Rabbi Friedman coming out in the next few months on this topic
In the USSR, many Chassidim were sent to prisons, gulags, and firing squads for daring to commit “crimes” such as teaching children Hebrew or building a Mikvah.
How do Mitzvot bring us closer to God?