Tuesday, October 16, 2007

In the Beginning, Feed the Poor


Here is a dvar Torah I gave at my synagogue - Darchei Noam - two weeks ago. I was asked two months ago to give this dvar by the Social Justice Advocacy Committee. As it turned out, it was Shabbat Berseshit - Genesis. So my challenge was to tie a call for social justice advocacy to the story of creation.

As it turns out it was not so difficult. And while preparing it, I managed to get further insight into the central idea of the French Jewish philosopher Emanuel Levinas: "Ethics precedes ontology." - human relationships are the core of creation.

If you are interested in the full text of the dvar you can download it here.

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