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April 26, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel on Awe and the Experience of God, the Divine, and the Spiritual in Everyday Life

The meaning of awe is to realize that life takes place under wide horizons, horizons that range beyond the span of an individual life or even the life of a nation, a generation, or an era. Awe enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal…

Awe precedes faith; it is at the root of faith. We must grow in awe in order to reach faith. We must be guided by awe to be worthy of faith.  (75, 77 italics in original).

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