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Parashat Matot-Masei – “Through my own body I see the mind of G-d” (Iyon 19:26)


“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.”

A leading biologist who dedicated her entire life to studying the growth and development of the human embryo remarked, “As I stared through the microscope at the single-cell fertilized ovum, and I realized that this infinitesimally small bit of matter will achieve self-awareness and could compose the masterpieces of Mozart or Michelangelo, I was momentarily breathless, overcome with awe. Except for the nutrients it would need to grow, nothing would be added to this single cell. It is inconceivable that it has within itself the potential to reach such greatness. Neither the cell nor its nutrients, nor both together even in the most sophisticated of combinations, could make such a quantum leap, and the only logical conclusion is that some external power instills this intelligence within this bit of protoplasm. It was then at that moment that I came to know G-d.”

Much like this biologist, we can see the seemingly infinite detailed structure of the world around us and marvel at its Grand Designer.

~Rabbi Shaul