Sunlit Water

October 2, 2006

They Should Do This More Often

Filed under: Culture — by teofilo @ 2:47 pm

Services today were nice.  I like spending as much time as possible in services on Yom Kippur; it distracts me from hunger.  The sermon was done by a student, which has never happened before in my time here, and it was so much better than the ones the rabbis give that I was amazed.  Structurally it wasn’t as coherent as it could have been, but it brought up issues that the rabbis rarely raised and addressed them in what I thought was a more useful and thought-provoking manner.  The guy talked about how Judaism isn’t obsessed with sin the way Christianity is, and yet it is only on this one day of the year, the one day that is all about sin and repentance, that everyone comes to services.  He went on to talk about some other stuff which didn’t seem too closely connected to that but was still interesting, about the three covenants we as Jews have: with God (the covenant with Moses), other Jews (the covenant with Abraham), and non-Jews (the covenant with Noah).  Interesting stuff, and a breath of fresh air.

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6 Comments »

  1. You fast?

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — October 2, 2006 @ 5:29 pm |Reply

  2. I do.

    Comment by teofilo — October 2, 2006 @ 8:34 pm |Reply

  3. I actually think the better response would have been, “I am.”

    Hope your fast was easy and meaningful.

    Comment by mrh — October 2, 2006 @ 10:12 pm |Reply

  4. I considered that, but I decided to be helpful rather than coy.

    It was, thanks. Same to you.

    Comment by teofilo — October 2, 2006 @ 10:15 pm |Reply

  5. Somehow I imagine you would appreciate this post by my step-sister.

    Comment by ac — October 7, 2006 @ 4:19 pm |Reply

  6. That’s a great post; thanks for pointing me to it.

    Comment by teofilo — October 7, 2006 @ 4:40 pm |Reply


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