Sunday Study: Learning languages to see for yourself…

I’m currently starting to study this week’s Torah portion: Parashat Ha’azinu (actually, this week has no parashah, since this coming Shabbat is Rosh HaShannah, which has it’s own readings…).

Last week’s parashah, Netzavim-Vayelech, contains some of the most beautiful verses in all of Torah, as far as I am concerned. The 4th Aliyah/reading is one of my favorite to Leyn (read from the Torah scroll at synagogue, when not in a global pandemic…): that from all of the corners of the earth, you shall be gathered. Who that you is, or how, or to where (metaphorical, etc), while reading the passage, becomes irrelevant for the moment. The sheer hope and beauty of the verses is incredible.

–Surprised that Parashat Netzavim-Vayelech Rishon is only 3 psukim even in a double Parashah year.” September 6, 2020 – page 1165 74.73% “#TorahStudy Seems like a more specific set of people convoked/included in the address to the assembly, on this day: even down to the lowest water drawer, who was a foreigner impressed into service…” September 7, 2020 – page 1166 74.79% “Est this covenant with its penalties with those who are here and with those who are not here this day:. Is that legal?” September 8, 2020 – page 1166 74.79% “Commentary on verse 14: “… accepting …as facts… rather than…”

And why is there no option to change those facts?” September 9, 2020 – page 1169 74.98% “4: אני אוהבת את העליה הזות, הרביית של פרשת מצבים-ויליח !
I love the 4th Aliyah of this Parashah (Nitzavim-VaYeleich)!

(But, why can I not find the terminal Chaf on Google keyboard?)

September 10, 2020 – page 1170 75.05% “Lots of rejoicing because of returning…” September 12, 2020 – page 1171 75.11% “לא ניפלאת היא (הוא)…לא בשמים…ולא מעבר הים!!
I love this: it’s not a mystery, it’s not in the heavens, and it’s not over the seas!!

The Sixth Aliyah is the epitome of “It’s not that difficult…”
And, of course, the 7th Aliyah: “choose life…”
on page 1172.

I have always been fascinated by the stories of the Hebrew Bible, as well as by the way those stories are seen by people around the world, especially around the Mediterranean. For me, understanding only comes through investigation, and so I must read writing in the original language, ancient Hebrew in this case, to get a feel for my thoughts around the writing.

I am very very thankful that we have libraries, the internet, and kind people who lend their time and talents to teach us and encourage all of us to learn and to wonder. Please join me in wondering, and in learning to build a more hopeful world.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the Bible,

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

Sunday, 13 September, 12020 HE

(but scheduled on Sunday, 6 September, a week ahead of time…)

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