Modern Jewish Philosophy



To begin with, I would like to turn to the words of the holy Torah (Bible) and see the event of the man’s creation. In Genesis 1:26 it is said “On the last day of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”. This verse, even though being short, is, in fact, a contradiction and has been arising arguments for centuries already. Lower, I would like to present my understanding, that I have formed have read much literature on this subject, of the two concepts “image” and “likeness”. Having the “image” or “likeness” of God means, that we, the humans, were created to resemble G-d. The words "image" and "likeness" convey the idea of the whole man being created in this way. Of course, we know that mans physical body is not patterned after the physical appearance of the Divinity, because G-d is a Spirit and does not dwell in a physical body. However, this does not exclude the fact that the physical body is some part of the image of God (Man Created in the Image of G-d). The “image” of G-d refers to the immaterial part of man. Having the G-day image and likeness inside of us means having a reflection of G-d’s intellect.&nbsp.As stated by Herschel, “Goodness is the orientation of human inwardness toward the holy, and our life takes place under wide horizons, horizons that range beyond the span of an individual life or even the life of a nation, of a generation or even of an era” &nbsp.(Herschel, p. 277-278). &nbsp.&nbsp.Thus, as it can be understood from the description of Herschel’s work, the humans, and not the Devine, are creating their destiny and choosing whether to be righteous or wicked.&nbsp.