I have read of people whose lives are transfigured in an instant. I do not believe that such a transfiguration can happen to me. For what changed those people was not only the instant, but also the subsequent fidelity to the instant.

This is the paradox of revelation. It disrupts the order of things and then depends upon it.

– from Kaddish, by Leon Wieseltier

Portrait of Leon Wieseltier ©Avigdor Arikha

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