This week's parsha
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Giving G-d Your Challenges
Remember when your teacher made a mistake during her lesson but when corrected she said, "Just making sure that you were listening…" Inaccuracies have a way of catching our attention. Spelling mistakes, crooked pictures, mathematical slips -- they all shout out "fix me."
It is this feature of the human condition that G-d triggers over and over again in the Torah. He plants therein seeming errors and inconsistencies, hoping that the reader will stop and think about a way to resolve the "mistake."
Does G-d Want Us To Enjoy Ourselves?
One thing I haven't figured out yet: Does G‑d want us to enjoy ourselves, or not?
I've looked at the classical sources, and the message is mixed. Here's a sampling of what I found:
Are You Successful?
The place was the Holy of Holies in the Temple; the person was the high priest; the time was Yom Kippur.
The epitome of holiness in Jewish tradition, where the holiest time, space and soul met, touched and merged.
The moment was awesome; it glowed and radiated, then burst and blazed. It would sustain the world an entire year.
Where and when did it pass? How was the moment seen off?