[Avodah] A Different Approach to Sheidim

Kenneth Miller kennethgmiller at juno.com
Sun Mar 17 10:30:39 PDT 2013

R' Micha Berger cited R' Mordechai Torczyner's blog post, which quoted Rav Yitzchak Hutner:

> ... Those creatures are the ones called sheidim -- theirs is
> an existence which is not an existence.
> When we say of something that it is only imagination, we mean
> that nothing like it exists in reality. However, certainly,
> for one who deals in human psychology, when he investigates
> the activities of the human brain, for him this imagination is
> certainly full-fledged reality.

To me, this sounds identical (or at least very close) to the view which I've often heard expressed as: "If you believe in them, then they are real. But if you don't believe in them, then don't worry about them."

Akiva Miller

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