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Seeking the Good - Weekly Thoughts of Rabbi Mordecai Finley - THE PHILOSOPHY OF HEBREW SCRIPTURE


We are wrapping up our time in Israel, and will return next week. This week, our synagogue member Curt Biren, who has a deep interest in Jewish political philosophy, will be teaching at the morning study session on the rabbinic idea of "Tikkun Olam" beyond its current use as a term for Jewish social justice. Synagogue member Sheri Manning, our own in house expert on the work of Avivah Zornberg (the greatest Torah teacher of our generation in my mind), will be leading the Torah study. Please come and enjoy their studies!

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Reflections on the Weekly Torah Portion - Vaetchanan Loving the Beauty, Methodically. (republished from 2015)



I have been reading a book by Richard Rorty called "Religion Without God." Among other things, Rorty discusses the experience of beauty as something that differentiates some people from others, and even religious people from each other. For example, you might believe in the facts of your religion's theology, but they remain just facts. For others, those facts suggest a "God beyond God" (to use Paul Tillich's term) - a sublime mystery, something not reducible to theological facts.

There are physicists who encounter the numinou...


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