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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Contemplating the sky.”

Where does intelligence come from?

Suppose I have an idea.

From where does it enter my mind?

Often we can say that it comes from someone else.

But what about the situation of contemplating the sky and suddenly having a thought pop into one’s consciousness?

And there are times when we feel certain that the intelligent illumination has emerged from a level of existence that is not mental.

That is, the brain is not a warehouse of intellectual constructions from which all our thoughts arise.

We have to assume the existence of something greater that we are unable to locate specifically and that serves as a source, or store, of that which takes shape as thought.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz