God and his imaginary friends: A Hassidic metaphysics

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What happens when you assume that the world is a dream in the mind of God, or that the world's history is a story that God is spinning? Focusing on the role that this assumption plays in the thought of Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Leiner (1801-1854), at least as it is understood by Rabbi Herzl Hefter, I argue that this assumption generates interesting solutions to old riddles in the philosophy of religion and interesting insights into the nature of religious language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-204
Number of pages22
JournalReligious Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 30 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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