Boundless Drama of Creation – Why that title?

July 10, 2008

Well, it’s a phrase that I fell in love with the minute I read it – the words were written by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik in Lonely Man of Faith, one of the most thoroughly profound theological essays in modern Jewish thinking. The exact quotation is:

“The man of faith, in his continuous movement between the pole of majesty and that of covenantal humility, is prevented from totally immersing in the immediate covenantal awareness of the redeeming presence, knowability and involvement of God in the community of man. From time to time the man of faith is thrown into the majestic community where the colloquy as well as the covenantal consciousness are swept away. He suddenly finds himself revolving around the cosmic center, now and then catching a glimpse of the Creator who hides behind the boundless drama of creation.” (emphasis added)

We are living in a modern world of exponential endeavors of creativity and extraordinary tools of communication. It is exhilarating and exhausting, unrestrained in its breadth and unrelenting in its persistence. And this modern world is having its thoroughly modern impact on the lives and futures of the Jewish people – in the Diaspora and in Israel. The “”People of the Book” are defining their futures in an era where the books are about faces as much as words. It is a dramatic change in the way Jews are creating their connections, to one another and to God. This change is boundless in its unfolding. It is dramatic in its importance. And it is the creation that is borne of the Jewish imagination, and its presence in its majestic community.

The Boundless Drama of Creation. Let’s discuss.


One comment

  1. Seth, what an auspicious beginning, and what a profound and characteristically thoughtful way to enter the blogosphere. I just attended a retreat for rabbis to ponder where we are going in the next century, the truly global age. Rabbi Art Green, my teacher, presented us with some new teachings which will appear in a book he’s working on. At their heart is the suggestion that we need to creatively remake our foundational mythology to reflect modern and postmodern realities–and that we need to start with our Creation myth. Art’s new theological statement, while best seen as an heir to the mystical tradition and specifically his teacher Heschel, could very well be characterized as a midrash on Soloveitchik’s suggestion that God “hides behind the boundless drama of creation.” So put Art’s forthcoming book at the top of your long reading list…


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