By Maurice S. Friedman
Drawing on nearly part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical process wherein spiritual truth isn't really visible as exterior creed and shape or as subjective idea, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final truth. faith has to do with the wholeness of human lifestyles.
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I've been knocking from the inside! 8 My mother comes from two distinguished lines of Lubavitcher (Habad) Hasidim, yet neither in my home nor in the Reform Temple to which I belonged in Tulsa, Oklahoma, did I even hear of Hasidism until I was twenty-four years old. The first Hasidic book that I read 30 A Heart of Wisdom was an early attempt at the translation of Martin Buber's The Legend of the Baal-Shem. This was the first Jewish book that had had any impact on me since I was a child, the first that spoke to me as a mature, thinking person.
Here 38 A Heart of Wisdom social responsibility is not only the responsibility of one person to another, but the responsibility of a people as a people for its corporate existence. The prophets, accordingly, call the people to account not just as individuals who have strayed from the paths of righteousness, but as the Israel that has turned aside from the task for which it was "chosen" -the task of becoming a true people that realizes justice, righteousness, and loving kindness in genuine communal life and makes real the kingship of God in the social sphere as well as in the cultic and the specifically religious.
Not only do we have this momentary relationship, but then we fix it: we record the fact that this was a pleasurable sensation or that was painful. Thus, at a later time, we are drawn to this sensation or we shrink from it. As a result, we are not able to accept the simplest and most elementary fact of human existence-that all things change, perish, and pass away. Human life is a vain search for building security. We fruitlessly try to shore it up in every direction, like Kafka's mole who is never done fortifying his hole.