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Reason and Faith October 2, 2015

Posted by Daniel Benjamin Smith (dsmith77) in Uncategorized.
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“our local sukkah at night” by giveawayboy

Full Article: Sukkot: Reason and Faith by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

I came across this article yesterday. It explains how we need both faith and reason in a novel way–via parallel with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. A few choice quotes are included below:

There are essentially two Sukkot – two dwellings to celebrate during this time. The manmade tents that our ancestors built and the G-d made canopy that G-d conjured. Why did they need both? If they had the manmade one, why did they need the G-d made cloud and if they had the G-d made cloud why did they need the man made tent?

We relate to G-d in two ways. There is the track of reason and the track of faith. Reason is manmade, faith is G-d made. Reason and faith are parallel tracks. Utilized correctly they should not contradict. The problem is that if you ride two horses on parallel tracks, one foot on one horse and one foot on the other, the horses need to keep pace with each other or you will be in for a nasty fall.

Definitely worth a read.

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