Once upon a time, I believed in a personal God, a spiritual being with a giant mind and heart, who oversees the world. Recognizing my hard work on God’s behalf, God would look upon me favorably. But this optimistic view no longer makes sense to me.
A human is a ladder planted on earth whose head reaches heaven and the angels of God ascend and descend in him. — Rabbi Israel Ba’al Shem Tov, aka the Besht (1700-1760), Kabbalist Our Biblical ancestor Jacob dreams of a ladder, planted on earth and reaching to heaven, with angels of God ascending and descending. As the Besht sees it, the dream shows Jacob a first glimpse of his spiritual life. […]