“Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Every mitzvah is a part of a whole”

Rabbi Steinsaltz writes:

The mitzvot may be likened to the vertebrae of the spine.

Even if only one is slightly damaged or shifted out of place, it may cause enormous disruption and trouble.

But when each functions properly, each as a link in the unity, they constitute a working harmony.

Every mitzvah is a part of a whole.

And I, as a man, merely join them together, as one joins water pipes or electric wire to allow the passage of whatever it is that flows.

I myself do not create the current; I merely make it possible for it to flow, with greater or lesser freedom.

At one end, there is the Infinite light and, at the other, the speck of soul, which is both myself and a spark of the Divine.

As it is written in Ecclesiastes 12:2, “Until the silver cord be cut.”

This silver cord has been mystically likened to the spine, and every mitzvah to a link in it, through which the Divine light flows.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From “Awe and Fear of God” in The Long Shorter Way

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