Law, clearly, is equated with halakha, and love with aggada. Heschel develops this theme further with the idea that halakha in Judaism provides form or structure to life, while aggada represents the nitzotz, one's straining towards the ineffable, with the associated attempt to integrate the inchoate meaning it conveys into the structure of one's life.
What Heschel is aiming at, clearly, is not merely a mechanical balance, a quantifiable calculus, between halakha and aggada, but instead a full-fledged dialectic between these two aspects or realms of religious experience.
Heschel wants to maintain a full-fledged dialectic between halakha and aggada (GSM 341) but, due to the emphasis he places on the exclusivity of private experience when it comes to the transcendent, this cannot be achieved.
What is the narrative aggada? The question requires a brief digression in order to clarify terminology.
How was the narrative aggada used by the Greek and Latin Fathers?
(24) For a survey of traditions concerning Simeon ben Azzai, see Bacher, Die Aggada der Tannaiten, pp.
(27) For discussion of the traditions concerning Simeon ben Zoma, see Bacher, Die Aggada der Tannaiten, pp.
It is especially difficult for Halakha, less so for Aggada. But even the latter is a substantial undertaking.
Clearly, conceptual refinement and coherence are not high priorities in the Bible and Aggada. The literary genre is rather something like poetry; sometimes poetry per se, as in Psalms, other times poetic, image-laden prose.
In-depth study of this aggada can reveal a great deal about rabbinic attitudes towards Nature, culture, and the human role in Creation.
This appears in Sir Leon Simon's translation of Bialik's essay "Halacha and Aggada," in the Anthology of Hebrew Essays, Israel Cohen, B.
He was troubled by the lack of perfect parallel between the halakha and the aggada
, between the ritual object and its symbolism.