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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Is God as real as a table?”

Rabbi Steinsaltz said:

When you say that you think that God exists–how?

Like the wind? Like a dream? Like a nightmare?

Like a hero of a story, of a fairy tale? Like an electronic beam? Like a table?

When a person says, “I have faith, I believe in God,” one of the questions is: Is God as real as a table?

I know a more respectful person wouldn’t put it in such simple words, but would put it in much nicer, more elaborate, and more complicated language.

But, Is God as real as a table?

Do I believe in God in the same way as I believe in a table?

I think it’s a very important question.

When you go to all kinds of places of worship that theoretically contain a great number of the faithful, and you ask them this question, most of them will say God exists something like the wind, not much more.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz