Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shadows of the Past

My question of late has been how to deal with the past. The good memories, the regrettable mistakes, the lessons learned. And the times that seem to be a mix of all three. The other night (Erev Yom Teruah), I had the following dream:

In the dream, I was part of a community that had recently moved on to a new town. I don't remember much of the old town, except that there was a feeling we had left to escape something.

Monday, September 15, 2014

FAQ: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

For those that are unfamiliar with the holiday, I put together a little infographic on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), hopefully answering some common questions (feel free to share):

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Finding Sense in the Law

It's kinda hard to pray "Lord, teach me your ways," when you're reading through a series of laws that don't make sense. A prohibition on certain people entering the assembly. A test for virginity that isn't really that fool-proof. Instructions on how to marry a captive woman.

When reading the Torah, so many of its practices seem archaic and sometimes unjust to our modern eyes. At one point in time, I would have defended the commandments as the definition of justice, arguing that it's today's perspective that needs to be changed. But, now I've come to the conclusion that this does injustice to the Bible and damages our reputation.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Seeking a God That Makes Sense

The past several mornings, I've been reading through the various laws of Deuteronomy (trying to keep ahead of the Torah portion). With conversations of apologetics settling in the back of my mind, I found that many of the laws don't really make a lot of sense. This leads to me wonder, Does God make sense?