The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


"The precision of the eschatological mind is a measure of its misery. The
more you suffer, the more vividly you imagine the end of your suffering.
But there is another reason for all these ultimate details. It is that
there is no more evidence for a general promise than for a particular
promise. The notion that the kaddish freezes hell for an hour and a half
is not more ridiculous than the notion that the kaddish freezes hell for
an hour, or the notion that there is a hell and the kaddish will affect
it. These are all undisciplined ideas. So why not picture happiness in its

"Go ahead, deny the reality of the world. You will still lie awake at

(from Leon Wieseltier, Kaddish)

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