Sunday Study: Learning languages to see for yourself…

I’m sort of still studying this week’s Torah portion: Parashat Ha’azinu (actually, this week has no parashah, since it is currently Rosh HaShannah, which has it’s own readings…).

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, 20 September 2020, Rosh HaShannah 5781, 12020 HE

(but scheduled earlier in September, ahead of time…)

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