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Dr. Michael LaitmanRabash, Shlavey HaSulam (Steps of the Ladder), Article "Above Reason in Divine Service": I will only put my faith in the sages, who have told us that the Creator indeed hears our prayers. This is called faith above reason.

A person has to try to clearly reveal for himself that the Creator hears one’s prayers. Until it happens, he advances as though he has already revealed it.

Here, everything depends on the correction of one’s Kelim (vessels). If a person does not yet see something, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist in reality. The broken glasses are not an indication that the world has become depleted. I imagine to myself that the things I saw before still exist.

But what should I do if I’ve never seen them before and still don’t have the glasses? Then I have to follow the advice of the sages. Otherwise, how will I be able to discover anything?

I recall that when I was 11, all of a sudden they told me: "You need glasses." At first, I didn’t realize why and what for, especially because back then children wearing glasses wasn’t very common. With difficulty, my parents found a suitable pair for me; when I finally put them on, I was surprised to see things that escaped my sight before.

The same happens in spirituality: I have to trust the experts who tell me that I have to acquire a new instrument of perception, a spiritual Kli (vessel), and then I will recover my sight. This instrument is not obtained instantly, but by way of multiple actions. I perform them in order to see a new world; I act by using the force called "faith in the sages."

They said: "It’s worthwhile for you to get new glasses; you need them." I don’t feel it; I have never experienced the spiritual world to lack it now. Yet, I still follow their advice.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/2/2011, " Above Reason in Divine Service"

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One Comment

  1. Which aspect of the creator hears our prayers? Since prayers are desires of the heart, are you suggesting that something totally separate from us hears them (as is the traditional idea of G-d as a guy in the sky)? Or are you referring to everything, since there is none else but him? Physically our emotions emit specific electro-magnetic spectrum waves (light) due to signal patterns in the brain. This can be detected via EKG, which doctors use to check the nervous system for problems. If by creator you mean ein sof, the connection between us, then yes, everything around us feels us. If by the creator you mean the man in the sky, then no, I sincerely think such an idea is harmful. Wholy or holy ? (:

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