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The Messianic Idea in Judaism, And Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality
Gershom Scholem
Scholem clarifies the Messianic concept and analyzes its transformation in the Kabbalah and other Jewish spiritual traditions.

1 "People with true insight know that all the walls and partitions, all the outward clothes and covers are in truth of His own essence, for there is no place void of Him." The Rabbi of Polnoye, grandson of the Baal Shem Tov

2 "Each individual is enjoined to raise the holy sparks which belong specifically to his spiritual root in the great soul of Adam, the common soul of all mankind."

3 "Everything begins with man's decision to cleave to God. 'Devekut' [devotion to God] is a starting point and not the end. Everyone is able to realize it instantaneously. All he has to do is to take his monotheistic faith seriously."

4 "The Tree of Life represents the pure, unbroken power of the holy, the diffusion of the divine life through all worlds and the communication of all living things with their divine source."

5 "New paths open up in all directions, and God stands at the end of every path."

6 "I would maintain with mathematical certainty: There is a God and man is His image." 'A Sabbatian Will from New York'

7 "God pervades everything, or, as the old adage goes, 'no place can be void of the Shekhinah.'"

8 "Even in social intercourse, in attending to business, etc., it is possible to continue the contemplative attitude by binding oneself to the spiritual core of the matter."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite