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G-d’s Place

 

   When a person falls into doubt and great confusion, then he begins to look at himself and he sees that he is very far from G-d’s kavod [honor, glory]. Then he begins to search for G-d and to cry out, “Where is G-d? Where is the place of His glory?” That is the beginning of repentance, because the essence of repentance is looking for, and running after, G-d’s honor.

 

As a person cries out, “Where is G-d?” he makes G-d manifest in the lowest depths. The very asking is the beginning of his rising and touching the highest levels of G-d’s kavod. That is why falling down is the beginning of rising up.

 

When you ask, “Where is G-d? Where is G-d’s glory?” when you don’t know where G-d’s place is, then G-d reveals His place to you. This is the holy Beit HaMikdash, the holy Temple.

 

Before Mashiach comes we will ask, “Where is G-d? Where is G-d’s place? Where is the place of His glory?” There will be such a tremendous, powerful asking, that G-d, so to speak, will have to build the Holy Temple.

 

If you fall down to the lowest level and you really think, “G-d can’t be where I am because I am too far gone,” then you actually have a chance to reach the highest place.

 

Before Mashiach comes, when it looks like G-d is completely absent, then we will really find the place of G-d in the world. Because we obviously didn’t really find G-d’s place yet, otherwise the Holy Temple would not have been destroyed.

 

Only when you realize that you really have absolutely no place in the world and so you really ask where G-d is – then G-d can talk to you again.


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Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”


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