Middah of the month – August – Yirah
by Jen Roitman
The experience of awe so profound that it can be accompanied by a kind of fear. This is sometimes felt as a shift in foreground/background, or a shift in a sense of scale. “An inward, mysterious sense of awesome presence, a reality deeper than the kind we ordinarily experience. Life bears within it the possibility of inner transcendence; the moments when we glimpse it are so rare and powerful that they call upon us to transform the rest of our lives in their wake.” – Arthur Green, Radical Judaism.