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KNOW THIS AND YOU'LL NEVER FALL OFF

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Why is the world round? The Rebbe instructed them to close their eyes and say "Ein Od Milvado" with complete concentration and faith. When they opened their eyes, they found a miracle had occured! On Hayom Yom for 14 Tammuz.

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The reason we don’t fall off the bottom of the world is because of something called gravity. Gravity is the force that keeps you (and all your toys) from floating into space. The Earth’s gravity is a force that works kind of like a magnet. When you jump in the air, you come back down because gravity is pulling you towards the center of the Earth.


There are some people who believe in a flat Earth, but this idea has been disproved for over 2,000 years by the ancient Greeks. The Earth is actually a sphere, and gravity pulls everything towards its center, so no matter where you are on the surface of the Earth, you will always be pulled towards its center and won’t fall off.


That's what science says.


Today's teaching from Hayom Yom says different:


The Tzemach Tzedek notes in one of his discourses: "On Tuesday of parshat Balak 5562 (1802) our master,1 of blessed memory, said to his sons as follows: To understand the problem posed by the astronomers, that since the earth is round and spherical like an apple, why do not those people fall who live on the side of the globe opposite to ours, 'down below,' in America?... Their answer is not the true one... Our master,1 of blessed memory, said that the answer lies in explanation of the Etz Chaim that the Nine Spheres are nurtured by that state termed igulim, 'Circles,' and in a circle there is no above or below. For this reason those who live opposite us, 'down below,' have their heavens high above them arching in one continuity with the heaven above us, and the earth there is below, relative to the heavens over it."


This Hayom Yom is a beautiful illustration of the Chassidic approach to understanding the world around us. The Alter Rebbe's explanation of why people on the opposite side of the globe do not fall off, based on the concept of Igulim or Circles, where there is no above or below, is a profound reminder that our physical reality is not always as it seems.


This teaching can be related to the Chassidic concept of "Ein Od Milvado," meaning "there is nothing besides Him." This concept teaches us that everything in the world, even things that appear to be separate and distinct from G-d, are in fact expressions of His divine unity. Just as the Alter Rebbe explains that the earth and heavens are all part of one continuous circle, so too all of creation is interconnected and united within G-d's oneness.


There is a beautiful Chassidic story that illustrates this point. Once, a group of Chassidim were traveling with their Rebbe when they came across a river that they needed to cross. The Rebbe instructed his followers to close their eyes and recite the verse "Ein Od Milvado" with complete concentration and faith. When they opened their eyes, they found that they had miraculously crossed the river. This story shows us the power of recognizing G-d's unity and how it can transform our perception of reality.


The Hayom Yom entry for 14 Tammuz reminds us to look beyond the surface level of our physical reality and recognize the deeper spiritual truths that underlie everything in creation. By doing so, we can gain a greater appreciation for G-d's unity and our connection to Him.

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