I have to figure out how to begin with all this; so I think I’ll just start with a source called JewishBoston on the Internet. The article is called, Idols We’re not Allowed to Worship and Why Not.

There are three sections I will quote:

As we are well aware, the Egyptians worshiped many gods, including Babi, the god of baboons, and Sobek, the god of crocodiles. On the other hand, there was the Egyptian sun goddess Bastet, represented by a woman with the head of a cat, and cats were considered sacred. OK, maybe they had a point there. There have been thousands of gods worshipped by various religions and civilizations. I toyed with the idea of making up some gods, but all I came up with was Dunkin’ Deus, the god of coffee and donuts. I suggested to my son that we could name a god of pets, but he said, “Pets are gods.” True. And let’s face it, one God is easier to keep track of.”

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 Maimonides, who lived in relatively modern times, between 1135-1204 C.E., felt the need to restate biblical injunctions against idolatry. He was concerned that some Jews were influenced by anthropomorphic conceptions of God then popular in European Christianity. Maimonides responded with his 13 principles of Jewish faith, which include: The Creator is the Creator and Guide for all created beings. He alone made, makes, and will make all that is created. The Creator is a Unity, and there is no union in any way like Him. He alone is our God, who was, who is, and who is to be. The Creator is not a body, is not affected by physical matter, and nothing whatsoever can compare to God or be compared with God.

thinker1.pngAnd further, (or farther whichever is your preference) there's this little gem of thought:

I’d like to end with some insights from Rabbi David Wolpe, who suggests that idolatry was about giving ourselves too little credit. He quotes Abraham Joshua Heschel, who said that idols are forbidden because there already exists an image of God in this world: it is found in every human being. Therefore, there is only one medium in which one may fashion an image of God, and that is the medium of one’s life. To create an idol of wood or stone and to call it God is less of an insult to God than it is an insult to ourselves.

And this is where I must share with you something that came to me while I was in bed and thinking about this whole idea of “The Sin of the Golden Calf”. I thought to myself, there’s something much deeper going on here than meets the eye. “Why would God care?” I asked myself if a bunch of dummies prance around a big silly old statue? And the answer came in a flash! Because, Dear Thinker, they were “Projecting”. And it made perfect sense, at least to me. If people imagine God to be anything corporeal, they are limiting themselves. They are actually manifesting a limited reality. The unlimited power of God lies within each and everyone of us, but there existed, at one time, and still does, a group of “types” that want to control us because they know the secret and they are the Fallen Ones. I don’t think there are too many of them. Most of us are just trying our best to live and let live in peace and to be creative and enjoy the beauty that truly does exist in all of nature, to live "within nature" and not exploit it.

Nature is a gift. It's beautiful and magnificent to such a degree that no words can contain it. Somehow, I don't know how, it is such a beautiful piece of artwork from the Master Architect— the Ineffable One.

...and that's why I think, we should not "project" a false reality. It limits us and the creative spirit that is embodied within us.

Sandra EL


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