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blasphemes. He who prays,
•"Thou unfoldest the records,
and the deeds therein inscribed ,'may my wife who has con -
ceived give birth to a male,'
tell their own story for lo, the
prays oohshly and irrever-
seal of every man's hand is set
ently" (T.• Berachoth 60a).
thereto...'
•All of which is to teach that
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"On New Year's Day the
in our world time is irrever-
decree is inscribed and on the
sible. One cannot pray against
Day of Atonement it is sealed,
the grain of nature. One cannot
how many shall pass away and
pray for anything whatsoever.
how many shall be born; who
Prayer requires wisdo or else
shall live and who shall die..."
it degenerates into theurgy.
Netaneh Tokef is an
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There are moral, logical and
awesome prayer, set to moving
phys limits to prayer. How are
melody, recited on the first and
we to distinguish the amoral
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facts of nature which are
and on Yom Kippur. "...who by
neither punishments nor
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sword and who by beast; who
rewards, from those events
by hunger and who by thirst..."
which we experience as moral
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ing passage whose text is
ensnared in the web of a fateful The "Netaneh
determinism. Is it God who
issues such severe decrees, Tokef' is an.
punishing by earthquake and awesome prayer, set
by plaque?
The imagery runs counter to to 71101) ing melody . . .
everytmng we have been
taught about Judaism: its in
In one important sense all
sistence on the competence of
events in nature may be trac-
men and women to choose, the
- dignity Of Milian free will and • ed back • to one God who
creates all, heaven and earth,
the character of a compas-
light and darkness, good and
sionate God. Literally read, the
evil (Isaiah 45). In the sense
prayer is a stumbling block to
that God is the ground of the
those who reject the notion of
universe, the source of Crea-
a preordained universe filled
tion, all energies are originated
with human automata, ciphers
in Elohim. Every power, for
blown in the wind by the
good or for bad; depends upon
breath of an inscrutable deity.
the one God who alone creates.
Nevertheless, the prayer has
• But the God of creation does
a hold on us. Its toughness
not exhaust the character of
resonates with much in our
Divinity. There is more to God
own lives. Behind its stark
than being the author of all
literalism, the prayer express;
that is "given" -- earth, water,
es an undeniable "reality prin-
seed, sun. That which may be
•ciple," There are areas in life,
"taken," those energies which
larger than we would wish,
may be used to mold and shape
over which we have little con-
and form society out of the
tro1.1There are catastrophes,
"given" may be traced to God
congenital, acquired, over
as well, God as "Adonai." The
which no freedom of will can be
• "given" We: inherit is laden
exercised. There are earth-
with potentialities which can
•quakes and hurricanes, ac-
deseCrated.
be sanctified
: cidente Which c arefatilt-free, for
The congenital, r"given" is
Which'no moral blame can be
neutral (Itcholl. In human
•assigned. Unless we torture
hand a ti* neutral can be con-
:ourselves . with , masOChistic
dese-
secreted ("kodesh")
guilt, these are events which
crated ("chilul"): Whether peo-
are "given," not chosen.; "By
dint of force we are born and.
pie die by sword or suffocation,
N-
, PA 43
whether " their lives are • dis-
by dint of force we ,die" (Ethics:
turbed by violence or pollution,
of the Fathers). We who are
which people die of hunger and
born do nOt Cheese the angel of
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coaception, we who die do not
thirat,. is not :.foreordained by
choose. the :angel. of death.
God, but ordained by nations.
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