“Still Small Voice” – Kings 19:12

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
In 1 Kings 19:12, the prophet Elijah perceived the Divine Presence as a “still, small voice.” What does such a voice sound like?
Kind regards
Eli

Hi Eli
Quite hard to know, isn’t it? As Maimonides teaches, these prophetic accounts use metaphorical language to describe experiences which are in fact beyond our sensory perception. Yet from the context, the intent of the prophet is clear enough, even if we cannot identify exactly what the “still small voice” sounds like. G-d is the calm voice within, not the earth-shaking tumult without. I don’t think you can reproduce it in a recording studio.
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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