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4. Seeing The Divine: A Holy Controversy

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Iconoclasm has never been a big issue in Judaism. The prophets, wise men, and all those who followed them were meticulous in observing the commandment: 'You shall not make for yourself any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters under the earth' (Exodus 20:4). According to religious leaders of Jewish tradition, mankind is in no way able to grasp God's transcendental being through physical reality. This chapter focuses on the question: Is it possible for mankind to 'see' God by reaching out to Him through a spiritual, emotional, rational or mystic elation? In order to find an answer to this question the author examines Abraham Joshua Heschel's interpretation of two topics discussed in the Jewish tradition: (1) is it possible for mankind to 'see' God, and (2) is it possible for God to 'see' mankind?

Keywords: Abraham Joshua Heschel; Exodus; grave image; Iconoclasm; Jewish tradition; Judaism; religious leaders



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