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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Perpetual paradox.”

The world and God are in a state of perpetual paradox.

There is a qualitative contradiction between them making it impossible for them to coexist.

The world can exist only inasmuch as it is unaware of and numb to the divine essence; only when the Divine is hidden, as it were.

To express this differently, the existence of each world is fictitious, and so any given world can continue to exist only as long as it is under the illusion that it is real.

Yet the very moment it becomes aware of its fictitious nature, it ceases to exist.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz