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Asking questions isn't something to be avoided. In fact, asking is key to revelation:

"If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things--that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal." (Doctrine & Covenants 42:61)

It's pretty common for us to view our questions as negative and ourselves as faithless if we have them. But I think Rabbi Sacks is on to something very powerful here. For thousands of years, religious Judaism has promoted question-asking. Sure, it causes some to leave the faith. But those who stay are there because they've asked, challenged, debated, wrestled, and ultimately have chosen--with eyes wide open--to stay. That is a far more firm foundation than lukewarm or blindly following. Just something to think about.

When has a question led to further spiritual insight in your life?

If you could see your (or others') questions as a springboard instead of a cliff, how might things be different?

*In memory of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, a renowned British Orthodox Jewish leader and philosopher (March 8, 1948 - November 7, 2020). His writings have enlightened and inspired me in countless ways. I was always able to find deep truth and also shared beliefs as I studied his works.*

(This post first appeared on Facebook and Instagram on December 26, 2020.)


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