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No grandeur of Hashem is then manifest in the soul, but only the lowliness of wild imaginings that conjure up a form of some deceptive, vague, angry god that is dissociated from reality. It confuses everyone who believes in it, depresses his spirit, blunts his feelings, inhibits the assertion of his sensibilities, and uproots the divine glory in his soul. ~Rabbi A. I Kook יִסּוּרִים מְמָרְקִים אורות קכד ה
The concept of honoring God engenders courage and timidity. The disposition to honor God's name is a byproduct of human courage and the perception that the highest good is sovereign in the world. These become widespread as the more enlightened knowledge of God, which bears with it the noblest sensibilities of reverence, becomes dominant in the world.
But timid people who, out of fear, are not reflective and do not dare to probe the greatness of the divine conception and of what it means to honor God, find in this conception itself a source of stumbling.
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