synagogue at sunset

Shabbat shalom

From our life with nature we can lift out the ‘physical’ world, the world of consistency, from our life with [others] the ‘psychical’ world, the world of sensibility, and from our life with spiritual beings the ‘noetic’ world, the world of validity. But now their transparency, and with it their meaning, has been taken from them; each sphere has become dull and capable of being used – and remains dull even though we light it up with the names of Cosmos and Eros and Logos. For actually there is a cosmos for man only when the universe becomes his home, with its holy hearth wheron he offers sacrifice; there is Eros for man only when beings become for him pictures of the eternal, and community is revealed along with them; and there is Logos for man only when he addresses the mystery with work and service for the spirit.

Martin Buber, I and Thou, translated by Ronald Gregor Smith, Scribner Classics, 2000 (1958), 98.

red line embellished

Image: “Jewish prayers on shabbat day,” Maksymilian Gierymski, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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