Student Teaching in the New Millenium

Walking in Circles (Simchat Torah 5772)

In General on October 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

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Calligraphy by Kanjuro Shibata XX, Enso, ca. 2000

Go on the eastern road
Come on the western road
Where are you going?

Joshua 1:1-17
Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12
Genesis 1:1-2:1

Why do we read the end and the beginning of the Torah, on Simchat Torah? Why not just the oft-skipped final parsha?

Why do we follow the High Holidays with two cyclical holidays, and not just one?

Do we truly begin the Torah every year with a clean slate?

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Why do we try to spin warmth and beauty from a text that is at times so cold and stark?

Joshua is told by the Reubenites, Gadites, and half of Manasseh that we will obey you just as we obeyed Moses (Joshua 1:17). Promise, or prophecy?

Where do consciences go? What do you do when you can’t find one?

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