Did everyone in Biblical Israel support animal sacrifice? I DON’T THINK SO!
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Imagine that you know little about Torah, the second commandment, or Judaism in general. You visit your first synagogue on a Shabbat. You watch as the Torah scroll is lifted out of its box. Everyone stands up, sings passionate hymns of praise, and lines up for a chance to kiss the scroll as it is carried around the room. You conclude that we venerate this object; it must be an image of God. Is it?
To this day, I love to preach about awe. About the grandeur of nature. About God’s presence in things great and small, beautiful and painful. About philosophy, spirituality, moral sense, and the soul. I do not preach about politics or contentious denominational issues. Make something divisive a Sabbath centerpiece? No. That’s not what the Sabbath is for.