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Post 3 – The Baal Shem Tov on Perpetual Creation

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by Shurpin, Yehuda

“This understanding of creation leads us to another famous teaching of the Baal Shem Tov, which is that everything that happens in this world is due to hashgachah pratit, ‘divine providence’: not even a leaf falling is a result of mere happenstance.

 

For if every detail of creation is constantly being put into existence by the custom-mixed and substituted letters of the Ten Utterances, this means that every single facet of the world is constantly being created afresh for some specific purpose.”

 

This constant recreation implies a profound potential for each person with the ability to change. Life is not static.

 

Although it might be extremely challenging, whoever desires to improve in any area can do so because every day is a “new” day in which their potential is recreated.