If the King has No Army and No Camp, Over What does He Rule?
“In the name of Rabbi Yitshak: The blessed Holy One yearns for the prayers of the righteous” (BT Yevamot 64a).
“‘You are My witnesses,’ says YHWH, ‘and I am God’ [Isaiah 43:12]. When you are My witnesses, I am God. When you are not My witnesses, I am not, as it were, God” (Sifrei, Deuteronomy, 346).
“If the king has no army and no camp, over what does he rule? And if there is no people praising the king, what is that king’s glory?” (Pirkei Rabbi Eliezer 3, cf. Zohar 3:69a).
“Whoever acquires a Hebrew slave also acquires a master for himself” (BT Qiddushin 20a).