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The Hand of G-d?

Updated: Aug 11, 2022


13 Principles of Faith of Rambam

3. I fully believe that G-d is non-corporeality,, He possesses no bodily functions and that of Him no representation is possible.

G-d in His true existence is not limited by anything, therefore He is not under the influence of time - He has no beginning, end, or age - and space - there is no before, beside, to the left or right of Him.

Because He is not under the influence of time and space, He does not change, nor does His knowledge change.

Yet Tenach uses human language like: "the hand" or "eye" of G-d. She speaks of G-d being "angry" or "happy." She does this to make G-d somewhat understandable to us. G-d does not have a physical hand, but as our hand can give, so G-d gives.

Because He is incorporeal, it is impossible to make an image or representation of Him. Any image or representation limits Him Who is limitless. The making of an image can easily lead to the worship of G-d through the image, which can very easily lead to the worship of the image itself, which then degenerates into an idol. Worshiping an idol, or a mediator, is connected to the Noahide prohibition of idolatry.



Brought By Angelique Sijbolts

 

Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners en intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.


 

Sources

Dasberg Sidur

The Divine Code

 

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