By HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok. Copyright (C) 2006 by Ariel Bar Tzadok.
All rights reserved.
to know G-d is a noble endeavor. Yet, how can one find G-d if one does
not know where to look? How can one find G-d if one does not know what
to look for?
From childhood, we are told many a fable. G-d is portrayed to us in
many forms that we human beings can easily recognize. Yet, as we
mature and become adults we must learn to let go of childish ways and
seek out G-d in truth and not just in fable.
We are taught that G-d is the Creator of all things. G-d is above the
universe and at the same time within every part of it. We are taught
that G-d is everywhere and in everything, at all times and even above
time itself. G-d is the consciousness of existence; G-d is Mind
I can understand this with childlike innocence and imagine G-d in my
human mind. Yet, although we imagine G-d to be this way or that, our
imaginations are nothing more than illusions. Whatever it is we think
we know about G-d is by definition limited by the boundaries of human
understanding. Our minds can only grasp a small portion of universal
reality; therefore, whatever knowledge we have of G-d is by definition
We must understand this; we have no pure knowledge, we have only
pieces. We do not know ultimate truth; we have only an illusion of it.
When we humbly accept our limitations, we begin to see the greater
universe with adult eyes.
In order to seek out G-d we must first recognize what G-d is not
before we can come to know what G- d is. G-d cannot be comprehended by
human intellect; indeed, even the human heart cannot grasp something
as vast as the Creator of the universe. In the end, we seek that which
cannot be sought. We crave to know a truth that we cannot comprehend
or even experience.
With all that we cannot know, we still seek out G-d and we still so
often fail to recognize where G-d is to be found. G-d is to be found
within His creation. Every movement in time and space reveals the
Presence of the Creator. Indeed, one who ponders well the way of the
world will come to perceive how the Creator directs the universe.
G-d is not found exclusively within the books of religion. Instead,
G-d is found in that which He has created, the universe and life
itself. Knowing G-d ultimately and intimately might be beyond our
present human boundaries. Yet, there is still much for us to learn, to
perceive the invisible Hand and learn the truths of the universe. We
call this the Way of Heaven.
Only when a child grows up and begins to think and act like an adult
can that one be expected to embrace and handle responsibility. Only a
mature adult can come to discover G-d in the proper way as prescribed
Children will continue to bicker about what is written in their books.
Adults, on the other hand, experience matters directly. They have no
need to bicker over words in books, for they have first hand
experience and knowledge. Adults know what the books mean, for the
books were not written by children, but rather by like-minded adults.
Only children read and do not understand. Only children need stories
to help their young minds adjust in their long and arduous path
Seeking G-d is truly a noble endeavor. This path leads one to become
truly and fully human. Learn from creation to recognize the Creator,
for His Hand is concealed within His handiwork. His ways are revealed
through life itself.