01 April 2020

Rav Yeruchem Levovitz zt”l – Ain Od Bilvado!

There is a near prophetic thought that the great Mussar giant, Rav Yeruchem Levovitz zt”l, the Mashgiach of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Europe, expressed some 100 years. The relevance to today’s crisis is uncanny. It behooves us to pay close attention to it (the original can be found in Daas Chochmah uMussar Vol. II #27). by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com vosizneias


“And you shall know today, and set in your heart, that Hashem is the G-d in the heavens above and on the earth below – there is no other” (Devarim 4:39).

The Ramchal explains in his Daas Tevunos, that this realization is the objective of the entire Creation and all that happens. Through all of Hashem’s actions. Through all of His great deeds from the time He set Man down upon the earth. Through all that Hashem had promised through His prophets to do for us. We are compelled to realize with absolute clarity one thing: Ain Od Bilvado – there is nothing besides Him.


Essentially, there are only two choices:

“Do not place your trust in officials, in a human being who cannot provide salvation; his spirit will leave him and he shall return to the ground.

Happy is the one who is sustained by the G-d of Yaakov, whose hope is in Hashem Elokim, the Creator of heaven and earth” (Tehillim 146:3-6).

There is nothing in between.

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