Shabbat shalom

What does it help my soul that it can be withdrawn anew from this world here into unity, when this world itself has of necessity no part in the unity – what does all ‘enjoyment of God’ profit a life that is rent in two? If that abundantly rich heavenly moment has nothing to do with my poor earthly moment – what has it then to do with me, who have still to live, in all seriousness still to live, on earth?

Martin Buber, I and Thou, translated by Ronald Gregor Smith, Scribner Classics, 2000 (1958), 86.

red line embellished

Image: “Synagogue,” Wacław Koniuszko, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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