Shlomo Ezagui

How to Connect with the Above

Everybody yearns for a more expansive spiritual connection in life. Some of us are unsure why that is so, but the desire exists. Some are not even sure what “spiritual” means. To some, “spiritual” means “nonphysical, transcendent.” To others, “spiritual” could represent a range of qualities, from the psychic to the mystical to the divine.

For the sake of our conversation, “spiritual” means “Divine and Godly.”

When God revealed himself to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, the verse says, “And God descended over Mount Sinai.” The mystics tell us that with the giving of the Torah, this grand gesture by God, a bridge was formed and sealed between the lower and higher worlds. It became possible for people in this physical world to reciprocate and connect with the infinite God.

When God gave the Ten Commandments and the infinite God revealed His wisdom from above, all the sick were cured of their illnesses. There is no place for illness, weakness, or shortcomings when the infinite and perfect God is discovered.

How can a human being ever connect with this great God so that they, as human beings, can become more spiritual and divine? Only by fulfilling the requests and wishes of God can we develop this bond with Him.

Our sages tell us the word Sinai comes from “to hate.” To be a recipient of Godliness and spirituality, one must hate materialism and worldly pleasures. They say, “Just like water and fire can never live together, so, too, is it impossible for the love of God and “the love” of this world to dwell together.”

For somebody to truly and completely receive God in their life, they must liberate themselves from the hold of this corporeal world, which conceals and challenges God’s existence. They must evolve and move on from the hold of worldly, limited, and finite paradigms.

A great sage was once asked, “Where is God?” He answered, “Wherever He is allowed to enter.” The place must be welcoming and hospitable to the awareness of God.

The book of Zohar says, “The strength of the body is the weakness of the soul, and the weakness of the body is the strength of the soul.” A person is commanded to have a healthy body; however, the strength of the body, passion, zeal, enthusiasm, and excitement for worldly and materialistic pursuits, weaken the possibility of spirituality and the soul.

“I am God your God… you shall have no other God…” is the first and second commandment. The relationship between God and his people is likened to the relationship between a husband and wife. Just like the slightest distraction in a relationship will compromise the bond between a husband and wife, the same is true in our relationship with God.

When a person is focused on his or her physical body, material pleasures, and things done to please and satisfy the body, the relationship with his or her soul, the God within, is seriously compromised.

However, when the ultimate goal is to satisfy spiritual goals by fulfilling God’s commandments with the help of whatever physical qualities or objects a person is blessed with, the world becomes a vehicle for the spiritual. Then, we have allowed God into our world.

God did not put us in this physical world to ignore the beautiful blessings He kindly granted us. We, however, have the God-given free will to use what is in this world to serve our hedonistic side, which conceals Godliness, or to use what is in this world purely to serve God. When we do the latter, we have become a dwelling place for the divine within ourselves.

Chapter 145

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" ( & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" ( In 1987, Rabbi Ezagui opened the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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