Are you a synagogue or what? Yes and no and kinda. Words like “synagogue” can feel constraining, and we want to think expansively about what Jewish life can be… so we think of ourselves as a spiritual community, and let the experience define itself.
“Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.”–Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “On Prayer”
We are all searching for something. What’s your thing?
The Love of Law – Rabbi David Kasher
February 1st, 2019 — Shabbat Mishpatim
This week, we turn from the epic narratives of Genesis and Exodus and pivot sharply into a dense catalog of laws, laws, and more laws. On the heels of the splitting of the Red Sea and the Revelation at Mount Sinai, the case of the ox that gored the other ox might come as a bit of a buzzkill. And yet, the Jewish people have historically responded with great enthusiasm – and even love – for the law. Why was Law so beloved by Jews throughout history, why was it especially important to the newly-freed slaves in the Sinai desert, and what significance does it hold for us today?