Friday, December 7, 2007

Shabbat Ideas - December 7, 2007

It is Friday so here are my Shabbat Thoughts:
Reform and Orthodox Agree…that is Breaking News
Clinton was once a leftist…let us forget she was also a “Compassionate Conservative” in the same five year span
Rob…yes it is.
And the winner for the MOST uncomfortable Institution Jewish Picture goes to…
DUH!

I was speaking with an Orthodox friend of mine last weekend. He mentioned that he sees the Torah as an objective truth but lives within a world where a majority of his fellows in faith do not, viewing this Text as a guidebook not holy laws. A no brainer no? Bu this was a challenge.

We must recognize, like with any text (holy or otherwise) the original intent of the authors and readers. The Torah was not written (by God or otherwise) in this time period. It didn’t expect me to be blogging about Torah and other Jewish issues on Fridays. (Here I assume God didn’t write the Torah without really saying that…but more on that another day.) So there for as we interpret and learn, it might be worth putting our conceptions of modernity aside and learn within the mindset of our ancestors AS WELL as in our modern concepts of reality. It could be good for us.

I leave you with that for this Shabbat.

Happy Chanukah and Shabbat Shalom.

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