Posted by: Steve Coplan | June 19, 2006

Parsha of the week

In his review of the parsha (weekly Torah reading) of a few weeks ago where Moses asks for his death in response to a revolt by the Israelites over manna (providing early evidence of the Jewish proclivity to kvetch over food in particular), Rabbi Jonathan Sacks picks up on two themes. The first is the Bible's tendency to portray major figures as human beings capable of doubts, shortcomings and character flaws – a break with the preceeding mythological tradition of the Near East.  The second is the nature of leadership. Reading between the lines it's not too difficult to detect criticism of The Decider. 

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