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Jewish World Review April 11, 2002 / 30 Nissan, 5762

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“How great are Your doings, O G-d. You made them all with wisdom.”

                        —   Psalms (104:24)

http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- This is the exclamation of the psalmist after he praises the perfection that he sees in nature.

The psalmist could only see the beauty and the marvels of nature that were apparent to the naked eye. Even these elevated him to an expression of ecstasy. I wonder, what would he have said had he seen the universe through powerful telescopes, the billions of stars and the huge galaxies? What would he have said had he been able to peer through a microscope and see with his eyes the incomparable intricacies of a simple leaf, the orbits of electrons, and the double helix with the myriad genes that dictate the formation and function of all living things?

I believe that had the psalmist visually experienced the macrocosm and microcosm as we see them, he may have been stunned into silence.

We, too, are silent, but not because we are overcome with awe. We are silent because our familiarity with the marvels of nature has resulted in taking everything for granted. We do not see the handiwork of G-d in nature as the psalmist saw it.

A wise person looks at the universe as the psalmist did. If he is silent, it is because words fail him.

Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. is a psychiatrist and ordained rabbi. He is the founder of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, a leading center for addiction treatment. An Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he is a prolific author, with some 30 books to his credit, including Wisdom Each Day, from which this was excerpted (Sales of this book help fund JWR). Send your comments by clicking here.

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