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[a hasidic rebbe once asked his students what would they do if they knew this was their last hour of life. the answers were the usual suspects: praying, reading the torah, giving to charity, etc. the rabbi’s reply was that he would continue to do whatever it was he was doing. for all of life is...
[this is the one insight i gained: we live our days and we dream our nights in search of lost-betweens. for our fear of thou we escape to great distances. and for our fear of thou we never leave.]
[the spanish saints santa teresa of avila and san juan de la cruz were considered “soul mates.” she was twice his age when they met, and they both shared the same distinct style of mystical practices. teresa is considered a 16th century female mystic-reformer, and juan a male follower along the...
[what has to be given up is not the I, as most mystics suppose: this I is indispensable for any relationship, including the highest, which always presupposes an i and you…what has to be given up is not the i, but that drive for self-affirmation which impels man to flee from the unreliable,...
[buber’s dialogical philosophy emerged as an alternative to both mysticism and dualism. not an alternative in the ontological sense, but only insofar as the “essential deed” of existence, as buber refers to it, is the embrace of a being. we do not merge into the being of god, nor do we divide...
[the world says that time is money, but i say that money is time. in order to earn enough money to satisfy his desires, one must sacrifice inordinate amounts of time. for me, that sacrifice is too great.]
[martin buber said that all real life is meeting. we are always in a relationship and always making the choice whether to meet the thou or to hide from it.]
[the writing of a bible should never be entrusted to clerical scribes or to functionaries of the temple. and most certainly not to a god! a bible is not revealed from heavens, it must be revealed to heavens. and that’s what true prophets do. for prophets are poets who write words of bible in...
[dialogue between mr. moses and mr. buddha (and friends) (with a cameo by martin buber!).]
[the religious belief that the path to attain god’s personal providence is to bring to him sacramental offerings, in the absence of which god will not intervene on our behalf, knowing, as he does, of our sufferings and pains, is precisely the moral tragedy at the foundation of all our religions.]
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