Shabbat Lech Lecha - The Syntax Of Silence
by R. Paul Saal ~
According to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel there is "syntax" to silence, and when we learn it we can hear the voice of the soul and the voice of our God.
Isaiah 40:27–31, which concludes this week’s haftarah portion, provides a sort of style guide for this syntax. The inspired prophet offers consolation to Israel in the midst of their ongoing struggle for survival amid attacks and threats from hostile neighbors. Isaiah assures the people that the Holy One has heard their cries and will preserve them, but they need to learn how to hear him and act in obedience...