Thursday, April 28, 2011

Leviticus 18 and 20 as frame for 19.

Two thoughts - one on Spirit. Spirit does not mind dealing with what we find disgusting. But Spirit deals with it.

Second - a good comment on this week's teaching, Parashat Kedoshim, from Leviticus 18-20 - high and low, commended and distasteful, beautiful and disgusting. This is written by Dr. Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, JTS.

How will we be holy? By what means will Spirit teach us both love (Leviticus 19) and self-control (Leviticus 18, 20)?

Here's a challenge to those who actually know from the New Testament the means to holiness through consecration in the death of Jesus: can you find this means of grace in the Torah? And by Torah in this case I mean the entire canon of the Senior Hebrew Testament - Law, Prophets, and Writings.

Yesterday I had a brief talk with a poet who uses framing. He noted that the second time you read the frame after the surrounded text is read, the meaning of the frame is changed by the text that it contains. True!

Also I noted that there is one poem that now has a first time frame that I did not see on my first pass through the psalms when I rapidly removed all the frames to look at them last summer. That was psalm 96 and its first time frame is תבל, the world. This is the psalm of holiness to go along with the teaching of holiness from Torah - Leviticus 18-20.

I doubt that a non-participant in a faith system would find this question useless.
יִשְׁפֹּט תֵּבֵל בְּצֶדֶק
he will judge the world with righteousness