Monday, February 11, 2013

Theology is Not Mathematics

We are pleased to share with you another set of comments from congregant Ludwik Kowalski on our most recent Saturday morning Torah study session, led by Rabbi Schwartz:

Due to Friday night's storm, only four people, plus the Rabbi, participated in Saturday's Torah study meeting. Here is what we read from Exodus 23:24: 
Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascended; and they saw the God of Israel ...

This statement seems to conflict with our belief that Moses was alone with God, said the Rabbi. It also seems to conflict with God's words, quoted in Exodus 33:20:

for man may not see Me and live.  
Biblical quotations, we concluded, should not be taken literally. 
Demonstrated contradictions between two logical statements, for example, in mathematics, imply that one of them must be rejected. But theology is not mathematics. Statements about our spiritual world do not have to be logically consistent; they are open to new interpretations. "God loves debates," as our Rabbi wrote in his recent book.

Our Torah study sessions take place on Saturdays at 10 AM in our social hall. Newcomers are always welcome!

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