The following post is inspired by the current Chabad course I am taking, The Secret Language Of The Soul. Thanks to Rabbi Avi Rabin.
Having true faith seems to be a battle for some. There are days and times it is easy… When we just believe, fully and without doubt.
Judaism does not shy away from this. After all, the very name “Israel” came after Jacob wrestled with G-d, or at least an Angel of G-d.
Any good Rabbi will celebrate those who question and want to discuss things, especially when the intentions are good. If the intention is to understand and build and connect, that is every different than if it is to destroy and break down. Hopefully the reason we want to know… need to know… is for the higher purpose… for making ourselves better and more elevated.
This does not mean we approach things in a happy and positive attitude all the time. This struggle can come with a full range of emotions, even anger and frustration. But if the desire is to truly understand… to gain insight… and to hopefully come close to G-d, then it is a noble and imperative pursuit.
Faith takes work, and Judaism is far from blind faith. G-d’s relationship with us is a constantly evolving thing, a work in progress… a partnership.
And yet, ironically, to have faith takes only a second… a moment. Perhaps even more ironically, is that science actually PROVES faith!
It seems that one of the central arguments to argue AGAINST faith and religion is science, but let’s disprove that right now.
There are so many things we take for granted. But if we look a little deeper and use the very laws of science as a starting point, we realize that there are miracles in everything. Science talks about atoms… then goes smaller into neutrons, protons and electrons. The very size and speed of each is a mind-blowing concept, as evidenced in this great TED Video.
And yes, the above photo is that of an actual atom!!! Logical… scientific… and yet, there is an unknown factor… a miracle, if you will, that keeps all of these things spinning and together and doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing.
Contemplate a table. To us it seems and is solid, and yet there is so much going on, so much movement and energy, and yet miraculously it stays together.
Contemplate the human body. It is a machine that needs specific parts to be working… We breathe in air… take in oxygen… The heart pumps that oxygen into our blood, which is carried to every part of our body. Miraculous. But what makes the human body and human beings truly miraculous… is the SOUL!
If we would just stop at least once a day, and contemplate the very miracle that is us… that is who we are and how we work… it would be almost impossible NOT to have faith in a higher being… Hashem… G-d.
In order for these things… a table, a human being, for ANY thing to exist, there needs to be energy. Energy can never be destroyed… it always exists… it transfers from one thing to another…
Just as a candle needs wax or oil, our bodies need fuel, and so we feed them food and water. Our souls are the wicks… and the light, the flame, the fire is G-d. Hashem ignites the souls of everything…
“The soul of man is G‑d’s candle.” (Proverbs 20:27)
“A candle is a commandment and Torah is light.” (Proverbs 6/23)
Our souls are eternal. They survive long after our physical bodies are gone. This contemplation and understanding is specifically human… and of course G-dly. It is what bonds and binds us together.
There are things we know, and things we don’t. But do not allow a lack of understanding to cast a doubt. Celebrate what you cannot comprehend, what you cannot understand or fathom, embrace the unknown, and realize this is where miracles live… this is where faith lives… and it only takes a moment.