I was asked the other day about comparing the study of Torah to the study of the Constitution. Most of you know that I once went to Seminary. It was a huge mistake, but I did learn a few things when I was there. One of which was how NOT to study scripture.
The hard part of any study is dropping all of your preconceived ideas, all of your already decided beliefs and approaching things with an open mind. You will find that you are right about some things. And you will find that you were wildly wrong about some others.
That said, these are my ideas for how to study Torah… I mean the Constitution…
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The weeping and gnashing of teeth over the demise of the study of History continues. But in a completely unrelated story, the younger generations aren’t just not reading, they lack critical reading skills.
Now… on the one hand, this is hyperbole. The same complaint was made of my generation (Baby Boomers), my wife’s (GenX)*. At the same time, I cannot really argue with the folks on the front lines, who say that it’s all true and that kids entering college today are basically illiterate.
The question is simply this: is the reason people aren’t learning or even studying history because they can’t (or won’t read?
*Before you get all crazy, I was born in 63, she was born in 67. I am a “Tail End Boomer,” while she is a first of the Gen Xers. There’s no weird robbing the cradle here, although when I graduated she was in the 7th grade…
Last nights GOP debate provided one shining moment that might give hope to those of us who still have hope that all of the remaining candidates might come to understand what it is that they are seeking to become.
But, to find that moment required Dave to do something he hasn’t been very good at doing lately, that is start his weekly Torah study earlier and spend less time chasing threads and tangents. Since he managed to do it for once this week, what did he find that brought just a glimmer of hope?
It started when the Tabernacle was put together and dedicated by the Israelites in the desert. And happened again when Solomon dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem. It reminds us today that while respect for servants is required, it is also imperative that public servants understand the role of staves.
Moreover, what happens when a leader forgets his or her primary purpose and while claiming to do good, maybe even the will of the Deity, he or she is in fact, harming the people? Will they learn the lesson? Or will they just ignore it and hope that nobody notices?