This week’s Torah portion, Emor, is the 31st (31/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, it’s 54…) reading in the annual cycle, and the 8th parashah in the book of Vayikra/Leviticus.
This portion ( Leviticus 21:1-24:23 ) has examples of a central authority and their expected behavior, not to mention their care and feeding, and the representative structure of their authority: the Mishkan (aka The Tabernacle). The parashah also details some of the use of that authority for gathering purposes, and an example of the enforcement of said authority.
Several thousand years, and a new nation, ago, such hierarchies were not uncommon ways of establishing the rule of law. Common laws and norms, indeed, are necessary for us to live together. But, now that we have advanced to the point where most (%90 of males, & 82.7 of females, per UNESCO as of 2019), human beings are literate, perhaps such trappings around the rule of law are less needed.
What do you think our world could look like if every one of us learned, taught, and followed the empathetic rule of law?
I look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.
We can really Do Better.
Last week was: Parashat Kedoshim, What Torah Stands Upon ,
Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please. Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.
What would yours be, if you had time?
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs