Student Teaching in the New Millenium

A Plea to Return (5772 Shabbat Shuvah)

In Deuteronomy on October 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

Why speak three prophets
on the Shabbat of Return?
Mercy, Justice, and?

Hosea 14:2-10
Micah 7:18-20
Joel 2:15-27
Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Is Shabbat Shuvah a Torah-hosted intervention?  Are the prophets judges, or a cheering section?  Why do the readings progress from emphasizing our words to emphasizing God’s deeds?  Is an idol an object, or anything that distracts from the way?  Are fasts supposed to be joyous or dour occasions?  Why do we solemnize a fast after blowing a horn?  Why is God as He is, forgiving iniquity and forgiving transgression?  Micah says He loves graciousness; whose graciousness does he love?

These are the days of awe.  Are we comforted?

What is the difference between a bull and a word?  (Hosea)  An action instead of a promise?  Or vice versa?

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