When All That’s Left is Love

When All That’s Left Is Love by Rabbi Maller

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  1. rabbi allen maller says:

     At the Beginning of a New Decade
          Rabbi Allen S. Maller

    Before there was matter and energy,
    before there was space and time,
    there was only the one God.
    The Infinite One was unlimited.
    All was in harmony. 
    All was perfect in the realm of unchanging being.                                                                                                                                   
    But there was no growth, 
    no evolution, 
    no challenge 
    and no choice. 
    Worst of all: there were no relationships. 
    The realm of becoming did not exist. 

    So the Infinite One decided to become a creator.
    In order to do so the Infinite One-the Ayn Sof
    underwent Tsimtsum-self limitation,
    contracting into an infinitely small singularity. 

    Then it was possible to create space/time 
    and matter/energy. 
    Then it was possible to create 
    the laws of nature, 
    both invariable and variable. 
    Then it was possible to create
    feeling and thinking creatures.
    Then it was possible to create
    self conscious and religious creatures. 
        
    Then God was no longer alone. 
         
    But since creation must be finite,
    limited by the laws of nature and free will,
    creation was imperfectly flawed. 
    Filled with the uncertainty: trials and temptations. 

    Challenge and change meant that harmony
    was replaced with competition and conflict.
    Free will meant that errors, egos and evils
    replaced perfection.
    Limits were imposed on knowledge and life. 
         
    It would be the duties of all the creatures in the universe 
    created in the image of God 
    to mend the fractures, tears 
    and cracks in the universe and restore its unity.
        
    In this process both the Divine One, 
    and the creatures
    created in the Divine image,
    would grow together.

    So that when the Messiah arrives
    with congratulations from the Divine One
    for having done our part to 
    create peace and harmony on our planet, 
    as other creatures have already done on their planets.

    Then it will be, as it was before the beginning, 
    and God’s name will be One.

    May we be the people and this be the decade,
    when this universal healing, free will harmony-Shalom,
    starts to become that beginning. 

    Allen S. Maller is an ordained Reform Rabbi who retired in 2006 after 39 years as the Rabbi of Temple Akiba in Culver City, California. His web site is: http://www.rabbimaller.com. He blogs on the Times of Israel. Rabbi Maller has published 400+ articles in some two dozen different Christian, Jewish, and Muslim magazines and web sites. He is the author of two recent books: “Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms’ and “Which Religion Is Right For You? A 21st Century Kuzari”.

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