November 21st, 2010

torah

Please ask

Noam Chomsky, as a child, was given an unsatisfactory answer from his father about why his grandfather smoked on Yom Tov, and at that moment Noam concluded in "a sudden flash" that, "Religion is based on the idea that God is an imbecile. He can’t figure these things out. If that’s what it is, I don’t want anything to do with it."

The Greeks had a word for this: chutzpah.

I can't help but contrast this with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, who was born into what he described as a “not especially religious home” but made the journey in the other direction. He saw inconsistencies, he had questions, but his working assumption was that it was the humans who were missing the point, not the Deity.

So, hey. If you want to know why I do what I do, please ask. And if my answer doesn't make sense, please ask again. Because I would hate to think that somewhere out there, someone is looking at my life and using it to conclude that God is a farce.