Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hashem Is Here Hashem Is There

A friend of mine has at least two children.

One, age 3, asked, "How come I can't see or touch God?"

The 6-year-old answered:
Because God is everywhere! If God were visible, you wouldn't be able to see anything but God. If God were touchable, you wouldn't be able to touch anything else. Same with tasting, and hearing. So God has to be invisible and untouchable, because otherwise you wouldn't be able to get anything done.

8 Comments:

Blogger The back of the hill said...

How very kabalistic.

Tzimtzumish.

1/31/2007 9:10 PM  
Anonymous mogsa said...

FINALLY!

A post that I not only understand, but which shares a view of G-d that I was raised with!

Amen :)

1/31/2007 9:35 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Back:

interesting, i didn't even think of that angle. makes a lot of sense.

Mogsa:

what do you mean? you don't share the view of my posts about G!d being a Trickster Deity? ;-)

1/31/2007 10:03 PM  
Blogger Lipman said...

Once given the basic idea - very good indeed.

2/01/2007 5:25 AM  
Blogger Elie said...

Very clever answer. If that kid becomes a "gadol" someday that story will go right into his Artscroll "bio". And for a bonus, it will even be *true*!

2/02/2007 11:17 AM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

And for a bonus, it will even be *true*

But how will anyone ever know? :-)

(Oh-- I guess from this blog. But on the other hand, it's anonymous....)

2/03/2007 11:32 PM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I liked the kids answer.

2/04/2007 2:24 AM  
Blogger thanbo said...

Steg: you must have been thinking along Back's lines since you titled the post with the Uncle Moishy song. Uncle Moishy is a Chabadnik, and peddles Chabad theology for children. Hashem is here, Hashem is there, is Chabad panentheism (and other chasidim, and the Gra,), rather than the transcendental God of the medieval philosophers.

For the Chabad god, the fact that you can hear me means that I'm actually in your ear. For the philosphers' god, the fact that you can hear me means that I'm making myself heard, even if from a distance. That's an analogy for the flow of Divine influence - for Rambam, Divine flow does not imply Divine co-presence. For the chasidim, it does.

2/05/2007 5:16 PM  

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