Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wrestling with the Fire

היום תשעה יומים שהם שבוע אחד ושני יומים לעמר
Today is the ninth day of the omer - one week and two days

גבורה שבגבורה
A day of strength in a week of strength

A different kind of Shabbat today--a gathering of those who wished to join together in songs, prayers and teachings in a wonderful garden on a warm, sunny day. Several short Torah drashes--thought provoking, with more questions than answers on how to grapple with a difficult parsha like Shmini, which contains the story of Aaron's sons Nadav and Avihu--how they offered God אש זרה "strange fire" and were killed by fire from God. It is the grappling with these stories year after year, challenging us to look at inconceivable actions from different side and in different ways, that brings us in conversation with the Transcendent God.

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