Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"The realm of the holy is apart from all else"

“God is actually totally other, the realm of the holy is apart from all else.

The effort to make contact with this otherness was advanced significantly by the Kabbalah of the Ari in a way that can be compared to the difference between the modern physics of Einstein and the physics of Newton.

It’s not that Newtonian physics is wrong; it has simply been proven to be a description of a particular aspect, and not of the whole, of the physical world.

In modern mathematics, too, there are formulae and proofs that are valid only for part of reality.

So, too, we may regard the views of such classical Jewish thinkers as the Rambam.”

--Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From “The Way of the Soul and Torah: Essence and Structure” p.67-68, in The Candle of God by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz