WHAT DO YOU THINK?
The commentary to this poster seeks to understand how Maimonides, the twelfth-century rationalist philosopher, could accept the possibility of miracles. Maimonides finds miracles in what already exists and has been proven possible.
What examples of miracles can you point to that involve something “impossible,” something not yet in existence?
What other examples can you suggest of miracles that confirm “what is possible”? How do we identify both types of miracles?
Are you equally comfortable accepting both categories of miracles? Why or why not?
What other conflicts exist between science and faith?
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Each image calls out to us to examine it, to note our thoughts and feelings, and relate these impressions to the quotation. Often clues in the artwork suggest meaning and invite interpretation.
Designer and illustrator Seymour Chwast offers a vivid depiction of Maimonides and his teaching about miracles.
How does the image present the quotation? Was this how you interpreted the quotation without the illustration?
Which “miracle stories” are depicted in this illustration? Is there any significance in their placement?
Which category of miracles is depicted? How does the artist’s interpretation of the quotation compare with Daniel Gordis’s commentary? Would you have expected other examples of miracles based on the commentary?
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