A collection of excerpts from Torah Club on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy.
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If one person started with the last Hebrew word of the Torah and started counted backwards, one word at a time, and another person simultaneously started with the first Hebrew word of the Torah, and started counting forward, one word at a time, they would meet at the exact center. Where would that be?
Asking why a buffalo is kosher while a giant sloth is not kosher is like asking why the Sabbath is on the seventh day of the week and not the first day of the week or why the sun rises in the east instead of the west. Some things we have to accept simply because God says so.
There were probably some Israelites who felt as if something was amiss. "Why has this Tabernacle become so spiritually dry?" they might have wondered. Perhaps they went looking for other Tabernacles where God's Spirit was "really moving." Some people are always looking for spiritual fire. They are in constant pursuit of emotional highs and pneumatic dazzlement. They judge the quality of a worship service and the sincerity of other worshippers by means of their own internal, emotional barometer, and they equate the mundane and routine with spiritual lifelessness.
Therapists encourage people to let their feelings out and to avoid bottling up emotions. This may be a good policy while in the therapist's office, but it is not a good way to conduct life. Of course we should be honest about our feelings, but it is not always appropriate in every situation. A person who wears his heart on his sleeve is ultimately demonstrating selfishness.