Tisha b’Av 5767

Selected verses from the book of Lamentations:

This is why I weep
and my eyes overflow with tears.
No one is near to comfort me,
no one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute
because the enemy has prevailed…

He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden;
he has destroyed his place of meeting.
The LORD has made Zion forget
her appointed feasts and her Sabbaths;
in his fierce anger he has spurned
both king and priest.

The Lord has rejected his altar
and abandoned his sanctuary.
He has handed over to the enemy
the walls of her palaces;
they have raised a shout in the house of the LORD
as on the day of an appointed feast.

The LORD determined to tear down
the wall around the Daughter of Zion.
He stretched out a measuring line
and did not withhold his hand from destroying.
He made ramparts and walls lament;
together they wasted away.
Her gates have sunk into the ground;
their bars he has broken and destroyed.
Her king and her princes are exiled among the nations,
the law is no more,
and her prophets no longer find
visions from the LORD.

The elders of the Daughter of Zion
sit on the ground in silence;
they have sprinkled dust on their heads
and put on sackcloth.
The young women of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground.

My eyes fail from weeping,
I am in torment within,
my heart is poured out on the ground
because my people are destroyed,
because children and infants faint
in the streets of the city…

He pierced my heart
with arrows from his quiver.

I became the laughingstock of all my people;
they mock me in song all day long.

He has filled me with bitter herbs
and sated me with gall…

Who can speak and have it happen
if the Lord has not decreed it?

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that both calamities and good things come?…

Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Didache text

For anyone interested, I just posted the text to the Didache on the site. I had heard about, and even knew a little about the Didache from previous studies, but had never actually read or studied the text myself. Recently, when Aaron Eby mentioned adding the first century Grace After Meals from the believing community to the Siddur, I was in amazement. I didn’t realize such a thing existed. It did, and it was to be found in this ancient document known as the Didache (Greek – “The Teaching”). This made me want to know more about this intriguing document, and gave me a desire to study it for myself. Having it on-hand in a format that I appreciate makes it easier to study. You can read the entire text of the Didache online here. To find out more about the Didache, check out the information on Wikipedia.

If you would like to download a copy for yourself, I have made a PDF available as well.

1 Corinthians 7:14 in relationship to Terumah

For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

1 Corinthians 7:14 (NIV)

While reading my Daily Dose yesterday I came a cross an interesting argument which may help us to understand Paul’s statements here in his epistle to the ekklesia at Corinth.

There is an argument in the Talmud in regard to the transference of terumah from an open cask of wine to a loaf of bread, which has been set on top of it (in regard to Mishnah Terumos 10:3). The conclusion is that since the bread (a hot loaf, verses a cold, hard loaf) is permeated by the aroma of the wine, it therefore contains enough of the essence of the consecrated wine for it to be considered terumah as well. It is the scientific process of diffusion which allows the minute particles of wine to infuse the bread in order to pass on some of the flavor of the wine. How much more so can it be said of an unbeliever living in the same family with a believer. If we are truly living our lives out loud, our sanctity should be “splashing” all over those around us.

So Much To Do…So Little Time…

Things I am in either the process of studying, writing about or modifying the site:

  • Finishing the conference notes from the TWSWG conference
  • Yeshua & Paul’s use of midrash in relationship to sowing & reaping
  • Paul’s concept of sanctification via proximity (1 Cor 7:14) vis-a-vis Terumos 10:3
  • Compiling the non-parable, ethical/wisdom teachings of Yeshua into a single volume
  • Continuing Pirkei Avot commentary
  • Adding ancient texts to the site
  • Combining both “parts” of the site (pure html version vs. WordPress version) in to a unified and easily searchable site (via Drupal)

And this just scratches the surface…Oy vey!