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#1 Chaim613

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:25 PM

Is it brought down in seforim why Hashem made such a huge universe, if the whole purpose is for Jews here on earth.

I know some people try and use the universe's size to negate the significance of what we do in the world....I get why our actions are meaningful and every mitzvah, etc valuable......but why such a huge universe filled with stars, galaxies, astroids, which seemingly have nothing to do with us, and are not even remotely close to us.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:41 PM

Well, for one thing, it shows us a taste of Hashem's power and majesty. And having something so vast, so huge, and realizing it's nothing compared to Hashem's might...

But negate our actions? Adraba, it shows us how much we can do! We look out at the whole huge universe, beyond imagining, And then realize, it's our actions that affect it all!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:58 PM

Perhaps the Rav could elaborate a little more Taon, thanks

#4 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:48 PM

Is it brought down in seforim why Hashem made such a huge universe, if the whole purpose is for Jews here on earth.

I know some people try and use the universe's size to negate the significance of what we do in the world....I get why our actions are meaningful and every mitzvah, etc valuable......but why such a huge universe filled with stars, galaxies, astroids, which seemingly have nothing to do with us, and are not even remotely close to us.

thank you.

Well first, the size of the universe actually increases the significance of what we do in the world, because the Mitzvos and Aveiros we do sanctifies (or r"l de-sanctifies) the universe. בשבילי נברא העולם - everything was made for us. The vastness of the universe is designed for us to understand how significant we are! Kings live in large palaces, appropriate for their stature, and human beings live in an infinitely vast and complex universe, which was made as the home for human beings. If you look at a mansion, you know a bit about the stature of the person who lives inside. Hashem gave us such a universe in order for us to know the esteem in which He holds we who live inside it.

Second, at the same time, the vastness and the infinitude of the universe is designed to put us in awe of He Who created it. As great as human beings are, we are little specs compared to Hashem. As the Rambam says:
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רמב"ם יד החזקה - הלכות יסודי התורה פרק ב
(ב) והיאך היא הדרך לאהבתו ויראתו בשעה שיתבונן האדם במעשיו וברואיו הנפלאים הגדולים ויראה מהן חכמתו שאין לה ערך ולא קץ מיד הוא אוהב ומשבח ומפאר ומתאוה תאוה גדולה לידע השם הגדול כמו שאמר דוד צמאה נפשי לאלהים לאל חי וכשמחשב בדברים האלו עצמן מיד הוא נרתע לאחוריו ויפחד ויודע שהוא בריה קטנה שפלה אפלה עומדת בדעת קלה מעוטה לפני תמים דעות כמו שאמר דוד כי אראה שמיך מעשה אצבעותיך מה אנוש כי תזכרנו ולפי הדברים האלו אני מבאר כללים גדולים ממעשה רבון העולמים כדי שיהיו פתח למבין לאהוב את השם כמו שאמרו חכמים בענין אהבה שמתוך כך אתה מכיר את מי שאמר והיה העולם:
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Besides telling you something about the stature of its resident, observing a great mansion also tells you something about the builder who built it. We see from the universe - both its complexity and its vastness - how awesome its Creator is. The universe was designed to put us in awe of Hashem.