Explanation by Rabbi Trugman
Albert Einstein revealed that the four basic forces in the physical universe – electromagnetism, gravity, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force – are all unified in essence. He spent the rest of his life trying to establish the proper formula that would reflect this truth. Though he did not succeed, all science since then accepts that there is such a unity in the universe and it has been the ongoing quest of science to find the equation that would explain and ultimately harness this unity. Science has actually succeeded in unifying three of the four forces; only gravity remains to be unified with the other three.
Of course, Judaism has long posited the unified field theory through its belief in One God, reflected in the cardinal statement of Torah belief: Hear O Israel, the God our God, God is One. This declaration implies much more than just our belief in One God – it extends to the belief that all that God has created is also in essence one and unified in His oneness. One of the goals of Kabbalah is to sensitize man’s consciousness to be able to not only know that God is one intellectually but to see and experience the unity of all things.
Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh teaches that the four letters of God’s Name correspond to the four basic forces of nature and in fact, much of the physical world emanating from God’s essential oneness is described in terms of sets of four, such as the four elements: fire, air, water and earth; the four states of matter: solid, liquid, gas and combustion; the four seasons, the four directions, and the description of creation being categorized by man, animal, vegetable and mineral.
The meditation presented here shows artistically and graphically how the four-letter Name of God transforms itself into the word for one, echad, and is geared to spark our consciousness to see God’s oneness everywhere. Although we do not see God or the Name of God in the world clearly with our senses, we can witness and experience how the oneness of God infuses every aspect of life and creation.