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"The question of Divine Providence"


On one hand, we feel God to be very near.

On the other, as we see, He is very distant. 

We call Him Father. 

We also call Him "Ein Sof" (Infinite). 

Actually, I need both these, especially when I am concerned with the question of Divine Providence. 

For whenever I move something — even to the slightest degree—it has a reason and a result. 

As the Tzadik said, lifting up a handful of sand and letting it run out through his fingers: 

"He who does not believe that every one of these particles returns exactly to the place that God wishes, is a heretic." 

Another image, attributed to the Baal Shem Tov, says that sometimes a great storm comes, hurls everything about, and causes the trees to shake violently so that the leaves fall. 

One such leaf may drop close to a worm, and it was for this the whole world was in a furor—that a worm may eat of a certain leaf.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From The Sustaining Utterance by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz