A Rosh Hashanah teaching from Rabbi Gershon Hanokh Henekh Leiner of Radzin (1831-1891)

The Shofar, the ram’s horn which is bent in the very image of our broken hearts, emits a Kol Pashut, a simple sound that imparts no particular linguistic meaning. What is the significance of this Kol Pashut? The Jewish esoteric tradition describes the process of the unfolding of speech as follows: Machshava, Kol, Dibbur; from abstract thought, to sound, to word—yet paradoxically the more developed our articulation, the more specific our words, the less potential meaning our words contain. It is the Kol Pashut, the simple voice of the Shofar that says everything by saying nothing, which interests the Radziner Rebbe. Continue reading “A Rosh Hashanah teaching from Rabbi Gershon Hanokh Henekh Leiner of Radzin (1831-1891)”

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