There is only one way to truly study Torah and the rest of the Tanach, the Bible: word by word, verse by verse. We need to see for ourselves what our sacred texts have to say, rather than blindly accept what others tell us they say. Take Creation in Genesis Chapter 1. The only myth in that chapter is what people say it says. Read carefully, this is the story written 3,500 years ago of how the universe, and the Earth after it, came into being just as science today says they did. Our views of the Torah are colored by the things we are told about it, by the movies and films that seek to dramatize it,and even how Torah is misused and abused by the politics of our day. You will be surprised to discover what the Bible (the Tanach), the Torah especially, reallty does have to say.
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A PRAYER FOR THIS MOST TROUBLED TIME Adonai, our God, merciful and compassionate as You have always shown Yourself to be, in this dangerous time, we pray to You. If, in the presence of mounting tragedies, we fail to recognize Your presence, help us to see that You are with us now and always. Grant us the strength we will need to bring us in health of body and mind to better, safer days. Grant to those who now tirelessly work to stem the tide of illness and death the knowledge they need to swiftly succeed in their sacred task. Grant to those who put their own lives at risk to care for and save others the endless compassion, patience and resolve they will need, and keep them and their loved ones from all harm. Grant to our leaders the wisdom and understanding required to avert future calamities of whatever magnitude. In Your abundant mercy, grant ample health- giving sustenance to all who will suffer hardships and deprivations because of loss of income, or lack of sources of food, or lack of vital resources of any kind. Grant to those of us who are still confined in our homes love and understanding, patience and compassion, that we may not know strife in this trying time. Keep those of us who are no longer confined in our homes safety from contamination from this dread virus that continues to afflict our world. As for the arrogant among us who refuse to follow the advice of recognized medical experts and institutions, help them to understand the wisdom of that advice, for their own sake and safety, and for our own sake and safety. Adonai; strengthen the goodness and the humanity within all of us. Help us, Adonai, to treasure what is worthwhile in our lives, and to focus on these. Help us to see beyond this pandemic to a brighter future for us and all humankind. And let us say, Amen.
Enjoy this week’s “Secular Sukkot”
There is only one way to truly study Torah and the rest of the Tanach, the Bible: word by word, verse by verse. We need to see for ourselves what our sacred texts have to say, rather than blindly accept what others tell us they say. Take Creation in Genesis Chapter 1. The only myth in that chapter is what people say it says. Read carefully, this is the story written 3,500 years ago of how the universe, and the Earth after it, came into being just as science today says they did. Our views of the Torah are colored by the things we are told about it, by the movies and films that seek to dramatize it,and even how Torah is misused and abused by the politics of our day. You will be surprised to discover what the Bible (the Tanach), the Torah especially, reallty does have to say.
To contact Shammai, just click on his image above. Click on the image, as well, if you would like to join our virtual Shabbat and festival services, and let Shammai know so that he can send you the materials and information on how to log on. To listen to Shammai's "Keep the Faith" podcast, click HERE to go to the PODCASTS page. His latest: Emulating Trump and why that’s a threat to us. Go there, as well, to help support his podcasts. To read Shammai's latest Jewish Standard