My translations follow the short grammar on Biblical Hebrew I’m writing.
Almost all Jewish festive day banning work, we say Hallel, Psalms 113–118. (The first day(s) of Pesach twice/thrice, but the last day(s) of Pesach, on Rosh haShannah, and Yom Kippur not, but we do say it all of Chanukah.) And in Psalms 115, we ridicule idols. Psalms 115:5-7: “A mouth they have, yet, they’re not speaking; eyes they have, yet, they’re not seeing. Ears they have, yet they’re not hearing; a nose they have, yet, they’re not smelling a thing [cf Ezekiel 16:19]. Their hands exist, yet, they’re not feeling/moving to touch a thing, and their legs exist, yet, they’re not walking [cf Jeremiah 10:5, Isaiah 46:7]; they won’t say a thing with their non-existent throats.”
Every morning on a day that’s not a workday, Jewish men are supposed to say in the prayers Psalm 135. Towards the end, it makes fun of idols too. Psalms 135: 16-17: “A mouth they have, yet, they are not speaking; eyes they have, yet, they are not seeing. Ears they have, yet they are not hearing; a nose exist/absolutely, with no breath/spirit in their mouths.”
Though the word mouths in Hebrew is rare, they open, maybe, with ‘mouth’ in the singular because all the idols say the same thing: nothing.
When saying these verses, how can we help thinking, indeed, how silly it is to worship the work of human hands (Psalms 115:4, 135:15, Deuteronomy 4:28, Jeremiah 16:20). Atheists should easily not believe in idols. But those who do should have it easy to step over to worshipping a G^d beyond us.
However, on Pesach, I suddenly had a new idea (with examples):
- G^d, He speaks (Genesis 1:3), but without using a mouth.
- He looks (Genesis 1:4), but without using eyes.
- He hears (Exodus 3:24), but without using ears.
- He smells (Leviticus 1:9), but without using a nose.
- He does much handiwork (Genesis 2:8), but without using hands.
- He walks (Genesis 3:8), but without using legs.
- He say plenty (so much!), but without using a throat.
- He has a spirit/breath (Genesis 1:2, 2:7), but sans a nose or mouth. (It does say He spoke ‘mouth to mouth’ with Moses (Numbers 12:8), but that can’t be taken literally because then it should say that they spoke ‘mouths to ears.’ Compare Deuteronomy 34:10.)
Idols have outer organs, but don’t have the functions. G^d doesn’t use organs but has the functions. With G^d, it’s double the opposite of idols.
This simple insight is so obvious. It was hiding in plain sight. As G^d does.
Isru Chag Sameiach, Happy Mimunah!