Divine Timelessness

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  1. micha says:

    R’ Sir Jonathan Sacks makes almost the same point in this week’s issue of “Covenant and Conversation”.

    However, R’ Sacks makes a point I didn’t:

    “Then I shall take away My hand, and you will see My back, but My face cannot not be seen.” (Exodus
    33: 23)
    Only looking back do we see G-d’s providence interwoven with our life, never looking forward (“My face
    cannot not be seen”).

    Not just a distinction between free will within time and omniscience beyond it — even within the human world, we only see the Divine Plan in retrospect, not in the same looking forward with which we make our decisions.


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