The Experience and Nearness of God

Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel stressed the human encounter with God.

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Heschel believed that through religious practice, one encounters God. Because the mitzvot have God's authority behind them, by performing them we can sense God's nearness. In the sacred act itself is the meeting place of the human being with God. Consequently, Heschel spoke not of the necessity of a "leap of faith" but rather of a "leap of action."

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Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi

Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi was ordained by the Hebrew Union College?Jewish Institute of Religion and earned her Ph.D. at the Jewish Theological Seminary and serves as the National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and President's Scholar at HUC-JIR. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their three children.