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Learning How to Live

August 11, 2017

Wise words and a fresh look at an ancient story from the Bible… thanks, Jake!

Looking for God in Messy Places

First century Jewish disciples learned by imitating their rabbis. Following a rabbi did not resemble sitting at a desk, taking notes, and passing exams about Torah, the Hebrew Bible.

Disciples devoted themselves to learning how to live. And you learned how to live by staying close to wise and holy rabbis and by copying their patterns of acting and talking in surprisingly minute detail.

Learning to SwimHow does the rabbi wash hands? Which sandal does the rabbi put on first? Does the rabbi travel on the Sabbath? How far and by what means?

I read somewhere that some disciples hid in the rabbi’s bedroom to learn the proper expression of marital intimacy. Others peeked into the rabbi’s bathroom to learn, well…. These stories may not be true, but they make the point.

Rabbis certainly taught Torah by discussing it. But most importantly, they imparted Torah to the next generation by embodying it…

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  1. Thanks for the reblog, Michael! Have a wonderful weekend!

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