Sunday, February 21, 2010
Talking about God in Hebrew
It is simply easier to talk about God in Hebrew. When God discussions occur in English, for native speakers, they easily fall in trite categories and suppositions. A religious or liturgical language is efficacious in this regard: it gives the God seeker freedom from the bounds of his or her own language. It connects one with an ancient tradition well versed in exploring the boundaries of the relationship between the divine and human. Hebrew fills this role. When I speak or write about Hashem, Ein Sof, there is a freedom of movement and expansion. There is a great role for Hebrew in the spiritual life. It can help bring a person to an appreciation of the One behind the many.