The Constitution of the United States - while not as old as the Torah - was written over 200 years ago. Over time there have been amendments made that reflect the differences in the culture of our country over time.
The challenge: How do we remain faithful to a foundation text while bringing its ideas into a contemporary setting? We cannot ignore this challenge, not in our religious lives nor in our secular settings.
- Which parts of this parasha convey ideas that are uncomfortable to you?
- Which sections are as easily understood in the context of today's thinking as they were in the time of the original writing?