Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"The relationship to the Divine is a completely private affair"

"When man reaches certain heights, he learns more about God, the order and arrangement of things, relationships between one action and another, and the power and significance of law.

Nevertheless, in the last resort the relationship to the Divine is individual.

It is a completely private affair, the relationship of the single man in all his uniqueness of self and personality, oblivious of the infinite distance between himself and God, precisely because God in His being infinitely distant, beyond any possible contact, is Himself the One who creates the ways, the means of contact, in which every thought, every tremor of anticipation and desire on the part of man work their way until they reach the Holy One Himself, the Infinite, Blessed be He."

--Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From The Thirteen Petalled Rose by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz