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The Incorporeal G – d in the Torah

Photo: Miriam Woelke
More than once, the Torah is stressing an incorporeal G – d even though it mentions G – d’s arms, face, etc.
A Gemara in Talmud Eruvin 55a states:
The Torah is not in Heaven.
The Torah is made for the physical (our) world and the human mind is limited in it’s understanding. The Torah speaks to us in a human way and by using human vocabulary. However, this is no indication that G – d has form and body.
In Parashat Va’etchanan / Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4:12 it says:
G – d spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you were hearing the sound of words, but you were not seeing a form, only a sound.

2 thoughts on “The Incorporeal G – d in the Torah

  1. B”H

    halom ve-Shavua tov,


    The issue it is also about the Anthropomorphisms in the Tanaj, ie. the limits of our Language and how the Bnei Adam could speak or write about G-d-.
    It is an important subject in ‘Majshevet” and later in Philosophy and Science in general sense ( without relation with the Religious Thought).

    My best wishes to you and many thanks because I like your mails with your comments.



  2. B”H

    G – d’s INCORPOREALITY is a very important issue in Kabbalah. Moreover, every commentator such as Rashi, etc. makes it clear that G – d has neither body nor form. Not to mention the Rambam and his “Guide for the Perplexed – Moreh Nevuchim” as well as his “Mishna Torah – Hilchot Yesode’i HaTorah”.

    When I find something interesting on G – d’s incorporeality, I like to write about it. A while ago, someone claimed in a comment that G – d does have a body. It was Rabbi Nathan Slifkin putting this thesis onto his blog. I heard that Rabbi Slifkin is an evolutionist and that he made a couple of claims that G – d is corporeal. His opinion his based on a thought a few medieval Rabbis expressed: That G – d has a body.

    However, this opinion was only expressed by a handful of Rabbis but no one has ever taken them seriously. The reason is that there is plenty of proof that G – d is incorporeal. He Himself states it in the Torah. What else do we need ?

    The Ramak wrote the famous SHIUR KOMAH but this has nothing to do with corporeality as it speaks about G – d’s spiritual “boundaries”.

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