It is not enough to be satisfied with recognizing the Creator through His creation. This great and wondrous creation which we are so impressed by, from the point of view of God and in light of His infinite ability, amounts to very little.
Proofs of the existence of the Creator based upon the intelligent design of His creation remain speculative, probable proofs - "circumstantial evidence." Faith in God's existence based on accurate eyewitness testimony is superior to this.
Good intention alone is not enough! If one does not know how to perform the proper deeds, it is possible, despite all good intentions, to cause great damage. Even in the course pursuing good, it is possible to perform appalling deeds.
The advantage of human intellect is that it discards the possibility of ascribing any notion of corporeality to God; its disadvantage is that it cannot comprehend the connection between God and the world, between the Creator and His creation.
How can we be certain that the traditions which have been handed down generation after generation, for so many hundreds of years, are reliable? How can we be certain that they are in fact founded, and not just the fruit of imagination?
Do not the many discrepancies in Jewish law and the different schools of thought within Judaism weaken our sense of security in Torah scholars? How is it possible to rely on such an aged tradition when we find so many disagreements within the tradition itself?
The Khazar king was puzzled. Why should the Creator of the entire universe have chosen to give His law to one nation alone and not to all of humanity? What difference is there between the Jews and everybody else? Are not all of us God's handiwork?
What makes the Jewish people different from other nations is not the fact that they possess a different outlook, faith, or law; rather, the Jews boast an essentially different nature and being - a divine soul.
The account of historical events in the Torah strengthens our faith in the accuracy of these very facts. That the entire Jewish people accepted completely all of Moses' claims concerning the past, shows that these things were not given to doubt.
The story of the human race is a history of the evolution of the Divine spark in man. Adam, the Almighty's own direct handiwork, was created flawless, "In the image of God." Yet, not all of Adam's progeny inherited this elevated status.
Jewish faith does not need rational proofs. It is above this. Because we witnessed with our own eyes God's Divine intervention in taking us out of Egypt, splitting the Red Sea, and giving us the Torah on Mount Sinai, we need no additional proof.
“Never does the Torah write something that the logic dictates as false. While religious faith is above the dictates of human logic, it does not run counter to it. Our faith distances itself greatly from attributing any sort of physicality to God.”
Through the Exodus from Egypt, the Splitting of the Red Sea, and the Giving of the Torah, the three fundamental principles of Jewish faith were established: God's Divine Providence over creation, His unbounded Sovereignty, and the Torah's Divinity.
One of the first questions asked by one who seeks out faith is, “Can man, the finite and ephemeral being that he is, possibly perceive the infinite and boundless God. Why, it is impossible to see God, for, “No man shall see Me and remain alive” (Exodus 33:20).
Many ask: How does the Torah account for scientific proofs which demonstrate that the universe has existed for billions of years? How can this be resolved with Jewish tradition which claims that the universe was created no more than 6000 years ago?
God is like an artist who utilizes various paints to create his work of art. One cannot attribute the profound idea and the beauty of the painting to the paints themselves! Insofar as these matters are concerned, credit must be given to the painter.
Religious systems which spring from the human mind begin with individuals and spreads to the masses. This is not true of the Jewish faith, for it originated with God Himself. It came into existence suddenly, not unlike the creation of the world.
One of the pillars of Jewish faith is the acknowledgment that the only way to serve God is by following His guidelines - for His plan is beyond man's comprehension. No individual is capable of arriving at God's desire through sheer contemplation.