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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “A limb of God”

In a metaphorical sense, the mitzvot are the limbs of God.

And so when a person performs a mitzvah, he himself constitutes, as it were, a limb of God acting within existence.

When a person gives charity, he is the hand of God “satisfying the will of every living being.”

With every mitzvah, he causes God to dwell in the world.

He makes a portion of the world a part of God, as it were–a limb of the Holy One, blessed be He.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz