Let My People Know

"God does not belong to anything knowable"


The truth of the matter is that God gives, but does not receive.

He influences and is not influenced.

He acts but is not acted upon. 

It is not a matter of the size or importance of anything, but rather of different worlds.

God does not belong to anything knowable, nor can He be said even to exist in terms of the ordinary realm of things. 

For example: a person performs an act, good or bad. 

It can only be done with the cooperation of the Divine, because of the Divine force in him and the action of the laws of nature. 

Someone desecrates the Sabbath, let us say. 

It is done as part of, and within the framework of, a cosmos maintained by Divine power in all its details. 

All the laws continue to operate, unaffected by the person's breaking the Sabbath rule.
God is oblivious. No matter how sincerely one endeavors to rebel against the Divine, God continues to give life and, altogether, is not in the least offended. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From The Sustaining Utterance by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz