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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The imagination has to be involved.”

It is the contemplation of a thing that creates emotion.

And irrespective of how a feeling comes into being, its continued existence, sustenance, and growth depend on some sort of contemplation, mental or otherwise.

A pure consciousness does not in itself have any emotional power.

A subject has to be thought about, considered in some way.

The imagination has to be involved, and a structure has to be formed in the mind that is expressed as emotion.

It is over the process of contemplation that one has a degree of control, whereas the flash of Wisdom seems to overwhelm us.

The ability to consider something enables one to form an emotional relation to it.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz