Holiness in Time not Space: Holidays and Daily Blessings Explained

February 27, 2016

There are a handful of foundational Jewish principles that are still in the process of changing the world and the very way we think.  Some are more familiar, such as universal human rights (tselem elohim extends beyond gender, citizenship, caste, financial status, race, even species).   One of the less familiar is the highly abstract, revolutionary concept that --despite the Bible's often misleading language-- God inhabits the dimension of time, not space.  History is God's abode, not the Temple:  and we enter holiness through the doorway of time, not the doorway of a structure.  While our brains are almost too primitive still to properly grasp this, this lesson starts us in the right direction, and then teaches a quick introduction to each holiday.

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