Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ascend a mountain

Va’etchanan in a Nutshell
Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

Moses tells the people of Israel how he implored G‑d to allow him to enter the Land of Israel, but G‑d refused, instructing him instead to ascend a mountain and see the Promised Land. (

That is why they have never understood us. We are counter-intuitive to them. "Why," they moan, "are you looking for G-d in those strange places? Don't you know G-d is to be found in the universal, in the heavenly, in those matters so general as to encompass all mankind? What is your obsession with the minutiae of material ritual and physical objects?"

But this is us. They search for G-d up on high. We find G-d in the woolen strings hanging from our clothes, in the light of a wax candle and a cup of wine, in the sound of children's voices reading His Torah, in the crunch and swallow of a matzah on Passover night. (Tzvi Freeman)

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