Wednesday, September 14, 2016

13 - Understanding yotzer

Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it ...  - Genesis 28
In this post:

Yotzer is shorthand for "that which
created the Universe."

We know nothing else about yotzer, but we
can speculate.

Naturally, the most interesting speculation
has to do with what yotzer wants of us.


  1. Below is Einstein's take on religious feeling. Note he does not say it is anything else than a feeling.

    I believe that scientifically centred atheists do not have room in their equation for feelings: they are not quantifiable.

    In that world it is not only God that doesn't exist but beauty and music and poetry.

    These are as personal as God.

    Recently there is talk of mirror neurons in the brain which allow people to experience other people's actions and emotions. Perhaps our scientific atheists lack these neurons and are therefore unable to fathom beauty or God.

    We must be careful not to impose our values on atheists while they are busy imposing their values on God.

    I don't think we need yotzer to clarify the argument. There is as much beauty in science as there is science in beauty(eg: fractals)

    Einstein and religion;

    " it is very difficult to elucidate this( cosmic religious) feeling to anyone who is entirely without it...the religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling which knows no dogma...

    In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this feeling and to keep it alive in those who are receptive to it. "

  2. Rabbi Michael StrohOctober 3, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    I'm reading your blog & interested in where you are going. I don't know that I agree with all of it's Deism.


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