“Halakhah [Talmudic discourse/the Rabbinic ‘way’] has never honored the sacrosanct classical principle of the excluded middle or contradiction [in the sense that truth-claims that contradict cannot both indeed be true]. Quite often it has predicated of x that it is neither a nor b or that it is both a & b at the same time.” – Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik in his The Lonely Man of Faith

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“Death, if that is what we want to call this – that which divides the circle that remains self-enclosed holding itself together and therefore has nothing astonishing about it – but that which detaches from what circumscribes it should attain an existence of its own and a separate freedom – this is the tremendous power of contradiction – the ‘negative’ – to hold fast to this requires the greatest strength. The seeming beauty of  fixed inert determination of solution hates the Understanding  of that breaks up the all too familiar. But the life of Spirit is not the life that shrinks from this ridding of what becomes familiar that we can call ‘death’ and keeps itself untouched by this devastation of the uncomplicated simple, but rather the life that endures it and maintains itself in it. It wins its truth only when, in utter dismemberment, it finds itself… It is this tarrying with the immediacy of the mediating between [what is not given to complete resolution, harmony, synthesis that genuinely engages the in-depth life].”

~ from Hegel’s Phenomenology of the Mind-Spirit ~

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