Hi, I’m Jen, and welcome to my blog, the place where I plan to share quirky, timely, and/or inspirational tidbits of the knowledge that I gain as I continue my Jewish studies.
I imagine you might be asking yourself, “Who is this ‘Jen’?” It’s a fair question, and if I figure out a definitive answer, I’ll let you know! In the meantime, here’s a little story:
I’ve always thought of myself as a rebel, which is really funny to people who know me, because I would have to be the most paranoid, uptight, rule-following rebel that ever existed. With no tattoos, no strange piercings, and a desire to study and pray at my synagogue every day, I’m pretty lame by “rebel” standards … But then I found this quote:
[T]he boundless is called Ein Sof, Infinite. It is absolute undifferentiation in perfect, changeless oneness. Since it is boundless, there is nothing outside of it. Since it transcends and conceals itself, it is the essence of everything hidden and revealed. Since it is concealed, it is the root of faith and the root of rebellion.
The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism, by Daniel C. Matt, p. 29. In his explanatory notes, Matt explains, “To believe only in Ein Sof, the absolute divinity, and not in the personal G-d . . . is an act of rebellion against tradition.” Id. at 167. So now it’s official, folks … I’m a REBEL!!!