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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Faith is above imagination

A few days ago the news had an article about a Jewish performer, Josh Kornbluth who has recently became fascinated by Judaism, B"H. The article says that he was very favorably stunned to hear "Rabbi Menachem Creditor, a Buber aficionado and spiritual leader of Berkeley’s Congregation Netivot Shalom... define God as the collective potential of the human imagination". There is truth to this definition, but only if it is understood properly.
Rabbi Nussun explains at great length in Likutay Halachos (Orach Chaim, Blessings of Smell 4) that imagination is the bridge between the physical and spiritual, faith in God transcends the imagination, and one must clarify his imagination with the Divine Spirit of the Tzadik which gives faith. There are also infinite levels of faith, and then of course there is God Himself. However the imagination of the Tzadik is a form of prophecy, as it says "in the hands of the prophets I will be imagined". Therefore it is fair to say that the collective potential of human imagination - if that were to include the Tzadiks Godly imagination - is a definition of Faith in God, or as I remember seeing from a holy source - the Tzadik of the generation's comprehension of God defines the level of the Shechina - Divine Presence. because obviously God Himself transcends all His creations, including imagination and prophecy.

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