MORE ALIVE:EVEN IN THEPHYSICALWORLD
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Arranged and translated by Boruch Merkur
Having established a clearsource in
for the eternal lifeof the
– for even in deathhe is said to be alive – it remainsto be discussed in what mannerthat is so. Rabbi Majeski in
cites from theinner dimension of the Torah,selections from
lives on even inthe physical world:
It states in the ZoharHaKadosh that “The righteous who pass on are present in allthe worlds more than whenthey were alive.” That is, evenin this world of action [thephysical world, regarding which it is said], “today, tofulfill them [i.e., the Mitzvos](and tomorrow to receive theirreward)” – the
is morepresent, for the actions [he didand inspired others to do andcontinue doing] grow, and giverise to ongoing generations of “offspring,” from the “lightthat was planted for therighteous” in the “field that was blessed by G-d [i.e., GanEden].” This light shines uponthe land and the outer limits,reaching even “us [we] who arehere today; we are all alive,”living in his ways, “the holy way it shall be called.”The
presenceis increased with regard toservice of G-d, Heavenlymatters, as well as to worldlymatters. Indeed, it explicitlysays in the Zohar HaKadoshthat the righteous protect the world [the physical world],and their protection is moreprominent posthumously than when they were alive. In fact, were it not for the prayers of the righteous in Gan Eden, the world would not continue toexist for a single moment. Andall those who were close tothe “sanctuary of G-d” in hislifetime are first to be blessed.
An elucidation of the above:
It states in the ZoharHaKadosh that “The righteous who pass on are present in allthe worlds more than whenthey were alive, etc.” But itremains to be understood: Itmakes sense that he should bemore present in the supernalrealms, given his ascent there[upon his
], but in what sense is he more presentin the physical world? Theanswer is in accordance with what I was taught on the words of our Sages, of blessedmemory, that “He dispenseslife to all the living”: the life of a
is not corporeal life,as is known, but spiritual life, which is faith, and [the] fearand love [of G-d].
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