“He felt the draw to the religion of Jesus burning in him like a fire. Not religion about Jesus, Christianity. But the religion of Jesus, Judaism.
He read Boteach’s Kosher Jesus… his thoughtful discussion of Reb Jesus the Jewish reformer and his explanation of Jew hatred in the gospel of John. He listened to Buber expound on his lifelong relationship with his older brother. He meditated on Heschel’s words on the only Jewish problem being not salvation of one’s soul, but rather one’s next Mitzvah.
He was gradually clearing those images of Leni’s Triumph of the Will pageantry from his heart and mind’s eye.
He felt the pain of Nichol’s lifelong estrangement… but more and more he felt the joy of Steinsaltz’s teaching about accepting the flesh and blood and bones and soul G-d had gifted him with.
He thought less and less about Jew hatred… he thought more and more about Jew love. Being dust, a blessing, an integral part of a transportable nation.”
Psychology, Jean Llanomirth
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[a] stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[b] 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”