Haazinu 5767

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Categories Media, Torah 5767 (2006 - 2007), Torah Commentary | Tags: | Posted on September 1, 2007

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  1. by Lorraine Crum

    On September 21, 2017

    Please answer a question our home group has. What is the difference between no work, any work on some feast days and ordinary work as mentioned on others. Is there a difference and if so, how do you qualify ordinary work. We want to be obedient and not disobey out of ignorance.

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On September 22, 2017

    Dear Lorraine, Your question is a common one, and not easily answered. Only the weekly Shabbat and Yom Kippur are days that the Torah commands that no work is to be done. The other moedim, however, are Sabbaths wherein no ‘laborious work’ is to be done. The rabbis have interpreted this to mean that normal daily tasks like cooking, etc., are permitted, and they have constructed a body of laws governing what is permitted and what is forbidden. However, in the Torah God leaves a wide swath of gray area, and I think this is because Sabbath keeping is a skill that we practice and grow up to. So, the question is, where are you in your journey as you get to know God better and get to know what does, and does not please Him? You can compare this to a beginning piano student. The teacher does not put a concerto in from of him and then condemn the student when he hits a wrong note. A good teacher (and God is the best!) places easy music in front of the student and patiently walks him through it. When one level is mastered, then the teacher begins to expect more. In a Torah community, we must be very careful to recognize this, or accomplished ‘performers’ may find themselves condemning the ‘beginners’. Love, patience, and humility are necessary both to learn and to teach how to follow the Torah. Hppe this helps! Shalom, Grant

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