mediated or unmediated?

Like many people I've often spoken about how I like the Idea in modern Judaism of a person's unmediated relationship with God. In his Teaching Company course Introduction to Judaism, Professor Shai Cherry says that's not the case.

He points out that Biblical (i.e. temple) Judaism mediated a person's relationship to God through the priest. (Yes, we knew that.) He then says that Rabbinic (that is, post-temple) Judaism mediates one's relationship through the halachah—the Law, the Torah.


Somehow that helps. I've reconciled to the fact that it would never work for me to convert to Judaism at this point in my life, as I've written here before. But hearing that, I'm realizing that I'm not missing something critical. And I'm really happy being back in the Episcopal church. That's more than good enough.

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