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Is there order in the Torah?

Is there order in the Torah?

ORDER in the court! Order in this sense means silence, or good behavior.

Order in the Torah means sequence. Did the events recorded in the Torah actually happen in the sequence in which they are recorded?

The question seems almost non-sensical. Who writes things out of order? Actually, both fiction and non-fiction are filled with events out of order: with flashbacks, with contemporary references in histories, with oscillations between one generation and another, or within early and later stages of a single generation or a single person’s life.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 04:35 )

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View from Central Park

The three kidnapped teens

What really is there to say at such a painful time? My heart is broken along with all of yours. I feel consumed with worry. I am holding my breath along with the anguish of the entire Jewish people. All the Israeli friends I have spoken with are consumed. From “What more can Am Yisrael suffer?” to “Don’t worry, G-d is big.” We are strong.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:50 )

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Reflections

What death can teach

By her own account, my mother is not a religious woman. She does not read the Bible, know Hebrew or put much stock in Jewish observance. She has been known to comment on my own degree of commitment to Judaism in anxious, hushed tones, the kind she uses when someone in our family is seriously ill. My brother once told me she told him about the “weird tent with hanging fruit” in our backyard (our sukkah) and the cleaning frenzy I engage in before Passover as evidence that I’ve gone off the ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:48 )

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View From Denver

Is prayer an attempt to manipulate G-d?

Is prayer an attempt to manipulate G-d?AS we go to press, people around the world are praying for the safety and release of the three boys apparently kidnapped in Israel on June 12. What do we expect to happen from these prayers? If the boys are released, does that mean that we manipulated  G-d? If the boys are not released, does that mean that G-d does not listen to our prayers? What is prayer, exactly? In this column, I concentrate on petitionary prayer, leaving for another time prayers that constitute praise of G-d and grati...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:30 )

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The mission of the 12 spies — a metaphor

The mission of the 12 spies — a metaphorJUST as the opening chapters of Genesis are not meant to be a science book (though Genesis does contain scientific data), the middle chapters of Numbers are not meant to be a history book (though they contain historical information). The Torah intends to teach its readers the meaning of things more than the things themselves. Even so, what could be the meaning for us of the failed mission of the 12 spies? This took place more than 3,000 years ago. Spies were sent to scout out the land of Canaan...
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