OUR point of view is this: We believe that spirituality is defined individually, not universally. That money should never be a barrier to participation, but rather a personal expression of community. It’s a simple proposition. We didn’t invent it, we just believe it:
Commandments and Community
An acquaintance recently sent her son to kindergarten for the first time. Eager to hear the results of the first day, she questioned him about his teacher, new friends, and the classroom. His response, “They have a lot of rules. Why didn’t you tell me that?”
He would have said the same thing had he been taught this week’s Torah portion. In this week’s Torah Portion, Ki Teitzei, there are 74 commandments-reportedly more than in any other parasha! That boils down to 27 positive commandments, and 47 negative commandments.
The range of subjects that this portion deals with is dizzying: daily living, justice, family responsibility, work, and sexuality.
When pondering this Torah portion, I was confused-how did this Torah portion come to be. It seemed so diverse. Why would the ancient scholars have divided all these rules into one section?
Stepping back-way back-to try to see this at the thousand foot view, I began to see their wisdom: this Torah portion does bind together. It’s about community. It’s about how we form communities. It teaches us about who belongs in, or out of the community; how should we behave in a community; and what happens if people don’t behave appropriately within the community.
Sometimes, it’s all about perspective.
~ Rabbi Allison Vann