The Experience and Nearness of God
Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel stressed the human encounter with God.
Heschel believed that through religious practice, one encounters God. Because the mitzvot have God's authority behind them, by performing them we can sense God's nearness. In the sacred act itself is the meeting place of the human being with God. Consequently, Heschel spoke not of the necessity of a "leap of faith" but rather of a "leap of action."
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