Saturday, April 5, 2008

Double Yod

I had just written Extreme Allegory when I find in the work of Genesis a double yod where it needs to be most expected!

וַיִּיצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם, עָפָר מִן-הָאֲדָמָה, וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו, נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים; וַיְהִי הָאָדָם, לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה. 7 Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
See Rabbi Wolf's comments here.

Needless to say I would counter (as does Paul in Romans 10:6-7) with Deuteronomy 30:14

יד כִּי-קָרוֹב אֵלֶיךָ הַדָּבָר, מְאֹד: בְּפִיךָ וּבִלְבָבְךָ, לַעֲשֹׂתוֹ.
14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth, and in your heart, and you can do it.

It is not by striving that we reach to divinity. And there is no place in our fleshly existence that our Lord will not go with us and in us. If there is such a non-place, then Incarnation is not truth.

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