Hashem Exists

This week’s Parsha, יתרו, contains the Ten Commandments. The first commandment begins with the words, אנוכי ה׳ אלוקיך אשר הוצאתיך מארץ מצרים. From the fact that Hashem took us out of Egypt, we affirm that Hashem exists.

The belief in Hashem’s existence is one of the 613 Mitzvot and is learned from the Pasuk just quoted.

Rabbi Soloveitchik tells a moving personal story that affirms Hashem’s existence. He described the painful experience of watching his beloved wife’s health decline. He felt that the hospital was too sterile a place for him to pray, so he waited until he got home. He chose a small room to pour out his heart to Hashem in prayer.

He writes, “At that moment of anguish and desperation, I felt G-d right there with me in that little room. He appeared to me as friend, brother, and father. It was as if I could feel his warm hand on my shoulder, giving me consolation. And I did find great comfort at that special moment.”

This story was what the Rav chose to prove that Hashem exists.

Rav Shmuel Eliyahu of צפת, says that the fulfillment in our day of numerous prophecies in the State of Israel, allows him to convince the doubters of Hashem’s existence.

So we have proofs from a personal story as well as a nationalistic proof that we are witnessing every day. An early Shabbat Shalom