3 If We are to have a Future

It is almost cliché to say Judaism is dying. Judaism has been around for over 3000 years, and concern over its dying goes back almost as far. Chances are it will survive a bit longer. But that doesn’t mean that those of us who love Judaism, and take great pride and find deep meaning in being Jews shouldn’t concern ourselves with her future.For me the future of Judaism rests in the capacity of Jews to Turn Torah: to tell and retell our story. I am what one might call a midrashic rather than a … [Read more...]

1. Turning Torah

Embracing our story means taking it seriously, though not necessarily literally. To quote the third century Rabbi Ben Bag Bag (seriously that was name; middle school must have been hell), "Turn her and turn her for everything is in her," (Pirke Avot 5:26). By "her" he means Torah (Torah is a feminine noun in Hebrew). Turning Torah is the central spiritual practice of our tribe, and refers to the art of creatively misreading Torah in ways that yield new meanings generation to generation.We … [Read more...]

A Quick Reminder

Let me remind readers of this blog that what you are reading is a very rough first draft of what I hope will become a book some time in the next couple of years. I am serializing it here to test the ideas. I doubt the final book will read like a blog, though I am aiming at something extremely simply and straightforward.I’ve taken the God material as far as I can at the moment, and while I expect to revise this many times before being satisfied with it, I feel like it is time to move on to t … [Read more...]