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Ross Litman Dr. Lachter 2/22/2007 The Connection between Faith and Heresy There is an inherent connection between the concepts of faith and heresy within early Kabbalistic literature. The ideas of faith and heresy are entirely intertwined with one another because without faith there would be no cause for heretical actions and without heresy there would be no one to question practices and beliefs. Kabbalists, specifically Azriel of Gerona, believed that the point where is-not is becomes connected is at the same point where faith and heresy are equivalent to one another. Kabbalists also note God to be at the root of both faith and heresy. One can hypothesize that without faith there would be no cause to question it and therefore heresy could not exist. I believe that faith and heresy are inherently related and that neither ideology can exist without its counterpart. Azriel of Gerona’s The Path of Faith and Heresy is one of two attempts at trying to explain the unexplainable to the common Jewish man. Kabbalists created paradoxes in most of their literature as a way of both keeping secrets and attempting to express the inexpressible. Azriel answers the man’s hypothetical questions with extreme apophasis which only further confuses the reader. In describing the concept of is-not is, where both faith and heresy unite as a single entity , he states, “The something and the nothing are together, and the something is none other than the nothing, and everything is one in a
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