Between God and Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)
Reading begins: November 24, 2021 Ends: January 7, 2022
Heschel puts forth the question, “Does the worth of wonder merely consist in its being a stimulant to the acquisition of knowledge? Is wonder the same as curiosity? He proposes to us that, knowledge is not the beginning of knowledge, but an act that goes beyond knowledge… it is an attitude that never ceases.”
Heschel suggests that our sense of wonder [and awe] has declined. I agree. However, I know we can recover it!
He concludes that, ” life without wonder is not worth living,” finding that, “What we lack is not a will to believe, but a will to wonder.”
As we begin our journey through his book, consider the level of awe from which you approach the world each day? Do you marvel at the creation miracle that we continue to experience day by day? Can you see and sense the hand of God throughout creation?
Are you able to cut past the noise, the indifference, and the difficulties and still gaze in radical amazement at the workings at the hand of God?
Would you agree with Heschel’s claim that the way to faith leads through acts of wonder and radical amazement? What are your thoughts?
Join us as we explore these depths and experience the awe of wonder between God and man.
In the Meantime….
Remember This Torah Training Assignment:
Look for the Awe, the Wonder, the Essence of GOD within every person that you encounter this week and during this Season of Hanukah. Practice finding the awe of God within every person, within every experience and discover for yourself whether or not wisdom increases, while blocks to insight are removed.
Everyone is welcome to post their comments below as we read through the text together and share our thoughts and ideas!