Tag Archives: Judaism

Driscoll: Mis-Projected Metaphors, Yom Kippur, And Fulfilment In Jesus (Pt 2)

The previous post dealt with the misuse of metaphor and models when interpreting biblical texts. What follows is a reading of the Yom Kippur ritual found in Leviticus 16, in its cultural, social context. [Apologies for the length: It is … Continue reading

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The Goal…

The goal of Jewish law is to be the grammar of living. Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism

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Leviticus: I Like it Here

A student, on finding his Rabbi, day after day, examining the pages of the Leviticus Talmud, asks “Why are you preoccupied with this text?” The Rabbi replies, simply, yet profoundly, “I like it here.” I, too, like it here. I … Continue reading

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Maimonides, Mikveh, and Meaning in Ritual

It is plain and manifest that the laws about uncleanness and cleanness are decrees laid down by Scripture and not matters about which human understanding is capable of forming a judgement; for behold, they are included among the divine statutes. … Continue reading

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Religion is not a luxury

Let us labor under no illusion. There are no easy solutions for the problems that are at the same time intensely personal and universal, urgent and eternal. Technological progress creates more problems than it solves. Efficiency experts or social engineering … Continue reading

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The ‘Law’ in Jewish eyes.

“The translators of the Septuagint committed a fatal and momentous error when, for lack of a Greek equivalent, they rendered Torah with nomos, which means law, giving rise to a huge and chronic misconception of Judaism and supplying an effective … Continue reading

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