“So it is that all of Torah and its wisdom is the ceaseless revelation of the hidden prayer of the soul.”
As far as G-d and I are concerned, I’m a Jew. Halachah, on the other hand, rules differently. How do I approach that contradiction?
But such confidence is not to our liking anymore. We believe that truth is a form of hegemony. We suspect that pluralism may require perspectivism, or at least a denial of the possibility of objectivity. We wish to be right without anybody else being wrong. We prefer questions. And we like commentaries to be comments.
“Comes the Comer”
The Jewish Review of Books
Has our desire to avoid hurting people’s feelings made us afraid to be right, afraid to assert our convictions in the face of what we know to be wrong? And if we are, what does that make us?
If you are a grateful graduate of Oxford University or Yale University, even if you are an atheist, thank G-d before you thank the alumni and teachers. Because if it were not for G-d and the faiths that worship him, your alma mater would not exist.
Have a nice 4th of July weekend, and a Good Shabbos
Rational reciprocal altruism is fine up to a point, but it has its limits. The greatest one: it lacks a means to drive the truly selfless act of personal sacrifice.
The yetzer hara is so predictable. And yet, he still fools us.
Could it be that we are so predictable?
“It is an inherent weakness of religion not to take offense at the segregation of God, to forget that the true sanctuary has no walls.”
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Insecurity of Freedom