We ask the biblical text the hardest questions because we can. It does not break, it is not offended, and it does not judge our desire for understanding. The ancient rabbis say that when we study the Bible we release God’s mercy into the world. Through midrash–intensive study, divergent perspectives, wrestling with ideas– the text continues to be created and God continues to speak to us.
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I am topsoil + to topsoil I shall return
February 22, 2012
There is something comforting to me in the idea that I am part of the earth and will always be part of the earth. Maybe it’s rooted in my rural upbringing, where I was familiar with the dirt, and played in it, and got my hands dirty often.