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Prayer Skills-Apter Rav-Becoming a Throne For God

The 5th of Nisan is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt, the Ohev Yisrael: Man is a microcosm, a miniature universe, and he thus consists of what is considered to be a complete structure. All universes, both spiritual and physical, make up a similar complete structure.


Entire universes are therefore counterparts of the various parts of the human body. Some universes correspond to the head, while others parallel the brain, the nose, the eyes, ears, hands and feet. The same is true of all other parts of the body. Each of these universes contain countless thousands upon thousands of worlds.

In the universe is that corresponded to the hands and feet, the Evil Outside Forces have a grasp. This is particularly true of the universe is corresponding to the fingernails and toenails.

All of this follows God’s thoughts and wisdom, according to what He deemed necessary for creation.

The patriarch Jacob was a “throne” for God’s glory, as is well known.

Each throne, however, is encompassed by yet another throne. This continues step-by-step, for thousands upon thousands of steps. There is also the concept of the “high and exalted Throne (Isaiah 6:1).”

To the extent that we can express it, Jacob was literally a throne and a vehicle on high for God’s Glory. This is because Jacob’s attribute was truth, and Truth is the central point of all the spiritual universe is on high. It is for this reason that God said to Jacob, “Behold I, Anochi, I am with you (Genesis 28:15).” Anochi has the same numerical value as Kisei, the Hebrew word for Throne.

There is absolutely no thought or concept that can grasp God at all. The question therefore arises, how can He even call Himself “I”?

This is what God was telling Jacob: The very fact that I call Myself “I” which is the very first concept of identification, is only because I am “with you.” It is only possible through your attribute and concept.

Jacob had purified and sanctified his body to such an extent that it became a vehicle for the holy spiritual universes.

The fact that man can speak about God at all plus stems from the fact that he can sanctify himself, imitating God to some small extent, and thus becoming a vehicle for His Essence. (Ohev Yisrael, Vayeitzei)

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