Okay, let’s check your responses from last week’s assignment:
Define “Divinity” or “sacred” without using the word “G/D”.
Do your experiences feel like any of these?
-Like seeing a calf being born
-The feeling of early morning when it starts off cool, and you know it will get warmer
-Like when you go horseback riding and you come upon two bucks battling; and it’s amazing, but you don’t know what will happen next
-Like when you make a really terrific play in soccer
And I am left speechless before these wise ones.
What do 4 fourth/fifth grade Religious School kids have in common with half a dozen Benai Mitzvah students? Well if you put aside their Jewish heritage, it must be me!
So yes, today is the first day of the 2014-15 school year at our shul, and I am privileged to be teaching 2 classes.
I started the morning reviewing a few things with those masters of the Kaddish Challenge –they’ve still got it well in hand—and we began our study of the order of Jewish liturgy. Then I welcomed my new students, and together we embarked upon our learning…
Ancient Texts, Modern Spirit:
Finding “Divinity” in Jewish texts, in the Natural World, and in one another
And I am already blown away. You would be too after our attempts to define “Divinity”.
Really. Try it:
Without using the word “God”, explain the term “Divinity” or ”Sacred”.
That’s your assignment.
Next time, I’ll let you know what we came up with.
Until then, thank you for being there, Faithful Readers…
Happy New Year!
L’Shanah Tovah Umetukah!
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