What is Torah? - Part 1: Created by Human Beings


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I love your point that

I love your point that presuming human authorship for Tanakh makes it possible for your anger at the text's biases to dissolve into compassion. That's a beautiful sentiment, and one I hadn't considered before.

I see that this post is labeled "Part 1" -- I look forward to reading further installments!

Posted by Rachel Barenblat on September 24, 2007 6:52 PM
I think that your statement

I think that your statement has impelling significance. In addition, as you note, the lack of any universally accepted and respected authority reflects the absence of meaningful dialog among the diverse truth seekers in Israel and throughout the Jewish world, which I think alienates many of those on the periphery from making a commitment to Judaism.

Posted by rbraun1 on September 25, 2007 2:27 PM
rbraun, aka Abba (my

rbraun, aka Abba (my father-in-law)—I like the expression you use, "diverse truth seekers." I think the diversity within the Jewish community is often a draw to folks, even if the diverse elements are not talking to each other. I've worked with several converts who were precisely drawn to Judaism for its many diversities.

Even if the diverse elements were talking, I wouldn't expect a respected authority to arise out of those talks. Or if one did arise, I think we'd have witnessed the coming of the messiah. :)

I'm not so sure that the chaos within the Jewish community has anything to do with what keeps Jews at the periphery.

What I'm going to focus on in the next installment is a conceptual framework that liberal Jews can use to help their communities strengthen their commitments to Jewish life.

Posted by Shai Gluskin on September 25, 2007 3:38 PM
I've had the thought that,

I've had the thought that, as each of us carries a divine spark, the coming together of so many people in creating our texts combines those sparks, so that the sum approaches divinity.

Posted by David on September 25, 2007 7:08 PM
I have a suggestion for a

I have a suggestion for a follow-up series: "Talmud: Created by Proto-Bloggers."

Posted by Dave on September 30, 2007 3:38 PM