Questions about Exegesis and Linguistic Infinity

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it would be dishonest of me to give a full throated defense of 'Tradition' a la Congar or the Habadniks because i live in some sense outside of it but i don't think it's something to be trifled with, either. it's something i am in the process of making peace with in spite of how deeply embedded i am in the secular - because i am convinced of the authority of its claims on me, in terms of the ethics i must live by and my connection to a deeper chain in history, a familial belonging to the line of prophets that is 'the Israel of God'.
i take it therefore as axiomatic that all the words of Torah are revealed words and words in which is a deep, deep imprint of their Maker and Revealer. that they do not just refer to reality but participate in that reality and allow us to participate likewise. [or, in another way: the 'reality' of 'text' is not merely extratextual but rather makes entries into text such that participation in reality (sacramental reality) is (not exclusively, but really) text-immanent]
this is a very long way of saying that i take the sacramental view of scripture as a given and think that saying 'it's a way of keeping autists busy' is trifling/belongs more in the kantbot thread than it does here
 

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it is of note on these days of awe that in all the things secular Spirituality has borrowed from religion-as-such it has for the most part jettisoned repentance and contrition and consigned their engine to the pathologised 'self hatred' box
 

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'YOTZER AUR W'BOREH CHOSHEKH' - "Fashioning light and creating darkness." (Isaiah 45:7)

MAH 'CHOSHEKH'? - Mi zeh m'choshikh etzah, b'm'lin b'li-Da'as?: "Who is this that darkens counsel, in words without knowledge?" (Job 38:2)
And further? - Asher chasakhti l'et-tzir, l'yom qrav w'milchama: "[The storehouse of snow], which I withhold for a time of strife, for a day of battle and war?" (Job 38:23)

W'KACHASH? - Wa't'kachash Sarah, l'emor ' lo 'tzachaqti' - "And Sarah denied it, saying 'I did not laugh!'" (Genesis 18:15)

W'SHAKACH? - Ha'ti'sh'kach ishah, 'ulah me'rachem Ben-Bit'nah - gam eleh ti'sh'kach'nah, w'Anokhi lo e'sh'kach'ekha - "Does a woman forget her babe, have no mercy on the child of her womb? Though these forget, I will not forget you." (Isaiah 49:15)

FROM THIS WE KNOW:
That to darken is to withhold, to withhold is to deny, and to deny is to forget.
 
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