"The Way of G-d"
Part 3: "The Soul, Inspiration, Prophecy, and the Supernatural"
Chapter 3: "Inspiration and Prophecy"
Logic is a marvelous thing. It allows for insight, invention, wisdom, and
breadth, as we began to indicate last time. But it doesn't allow you to
penetrate things beyond logic, and there are far more of them than we
So while individuals with an acute ability to figure things out on their
own by "connecting the dots" certainly manage to astound us, they're
still-and-all at a decided disadvantage. Since they have to have the right
"dots" to "connect", and they're limited by the quality and clarity of
Such people certainly haven't any way to fathom the future or what's come
to be known as "the secrets of the universe". Prophets, on the other hand,
have access to both logic and the unknown. And that's what sets them apart
from the rest of us, at bottom.
This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel,
and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.
Copyright © 2003 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and torah.org
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