When is an analysis too specific? Maimonides: when it obsesses over details of Torah’s sacrificial system. Me: when it quantifies degrees of truth in a theology.
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Imagine the greatest being. Then imagine a greater one. You don’t ever reach God, but you are drawn towards God. Each representation is a fragment, a part, a view…This modal theology can be tremendously helpful for inter-religious study and dialogue. But it can also be a barrier.
To this day, I love to preach about awe. About the grandeur of nature. About God’s presence in things great and small, beautiful and painful. About philosophy, spirituality, moral sense, and the soul. I do not preach about politics or contentious denominational issues. Make something divisive a Sabbath centerpiece? No. That’s not what the Sabbath is for.
Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, has been handed down from Biblical times. It has appeared in different guises, expressed in the languages and cultural styles of different times and places. The kabbalistic tradition focuses on attaining direct knowledge of the divine — through philosophical theology, metaphorical Biblical interpretation, reflective prayer, chanting, silent meditation, astral travel, and more. Kabbalah takes the idea of monotheism very seriously. So seriously that it turns monotheism into monism – […]
Each wisdom tradition, says Hassidic teacher Reb Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), vibrates at a unique frequency. Each tradition is a unique slice of the infinite eternal vibration of Eyn Sof, divine infinity. Were our ears spiritually attuned, we would hear a cosmic symphony of paths to God. If only our ears were so attuned! Most of us get so used to our own melody that others just seem wrong. So […]