Beauty of Holiness

Posted By Devorah Channah on July 25, 2022
Beauty of Holiness

"Greece worshiped holiness of beauty; Jews found the beauty of holiness." [Matthew Arnold]

The concept of the "beauty of holiness" holds deep significance in Jewish thought and practice. Unlike the Greeks who revered the holiness of beauty itself, the Jewish perspective finds beauty within the realm of holiness. It recognizes that true beauty lies in the pursuit of sanctity and the adherence to divine commandments. In the Jewish worldview, the pursuit of beauty for its own sake is considered a part of the "world of falsehood." While an exquisite mathematical solution, a glorious symphony, or a breathtaking work of art may be admired and appreciated, they are not inherently holy. True holiness, according to Jewish belief, is intrinsically linked to the Divine Presence and can only be found within the realm of the sacred...

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