By Matys Weiser
What Makes The Grand Canyon “Grand”?
heard it many times, from Rabbi Avigdor Miller Z’L, how he was impressed with a
simple apple or orange. How it is designed and constructed how much thought did
the Creator put in to it. Many times in his lectures he came back to the
description of the seed transforming its genetic code to the new life of a
plant serving later as food, supporting human life. I can’t even imitate his
fact we may learn about creative power from single one cell organism or cells
of complex organisms which each type serves different purpose.
we look to the very basic component of the creation, an atom, we may learn
about the beautiful and fascinating design of it. All of it serving only one
purpose, to provide the building material for our existence.
personally prefer to admire creation on much a bigger scale. Chazal – sages,
call the objects that I go and wonder upon: Maasei Beraishis – works of creation. We have a special blessing
composed for us by our sages for various occasions when we recite the following
are you, L-rd Our G-d King of the Universe, Who re-enacts the works of
Creation” We pronounce this blessing when we see lightning, upon seeing a
shooting star, comet or meteor, when we witnessing hurricane or earthquake, lo’alainu.
occasions to say this special blessing is when we see great and beautiful
natural phenomenon: Oceans and seas, Mountains and peaks, great waterfalls or
other wonderful remainders of the creative acts of our G-d.
human beings we are, most of us, equipped with the sense of beauty.
may see, hear, touch, smell and taste all of this pleasantness, using what the
Creator put in part of our intellect, mediums responsible for experiencing
pleasure from this beauty. This experience gives us spiritual loftiness and
sublimity, endless happiness of being closer to the realities of the highest
levels. For people, conscious of their Creator gives them closeness to Him.
is exactly what I feel when I am going to see all of this with my own eyes.
like to wander in all of these places on our continent where so many of those
breathtaking wonders were placed by Maker of the Universe.
to smart laws of our country, many of those places are preserved as National
Parks, monument and forests.
of this is waiting for us, to give us an opportunity to have this great
experience and to pronounce the Blessing. According to Sefer Nefesh Ha Chaim
when we bless our Creator, we express our wish that His presence should be
extended and grow so that people should be more aware of Him.
of our devoted and righteous men restrains themselves however from such trips,
considering it as unnecessary loss of the time which should be devoted rather
to study all the intellectual material which supposes to be the sole vehicle of
revealing all the truths about our G-d to us.
bring proof from the popular Mishnah from Pirkei Avos, which says the
Yaakov said: One who walks on the road while reviewing but interrupts his
review and exclaims – how beautiful is this tree! How beautiful is this field!
Is regarded as he has sinned against his own soul”.
their interpretation how it is supposed to be understood according to the
explanation of our Sages of generations of old?
is significant that most of the people citing this Mishnah are distorting its
plain meaning. They are usually quoting it as “One who is learning Torah …”
is simply not how this Mishnah is written. The person whom the Mishnah is
describing is already outside on his way, however as a devoted servant of
Hashem, he is reviewing his learning.
about the person who purposely is outside to see and admire wonders of
Creation? Is there such obligation for people serving G-d?
the Jew “waste” his precious time to allocate it for … seeing and saying
Blessings on the Creation?
I feel that I gave already the answer but I would like to go little bit deeper
it to this topic.