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1. Why Curses?
How would you react to someone cursing you? The very word “curse” sends a chill up our spines. So what should our reaction be to the curses we find in the Torah? Why would G-d curse the flawed mortals he created for behaving like who they are – human? And how do these curses help us have a loving relationship with Him?
2. Threshers, Harvesters & Sowers
In this week’s Torah reading, G-d promises: “Your threshing will last until the harvest, and the harvest will last until the sowing…” But what does this agriculturally backward blessing actually come to teach us? It reflects three personality types: The thresher. The harvester. And the sower. Which one are you?
3. Old School vs. New School
Are new things better than old things? Is Judaism cutting-edge or old fashioned? Are you young at heart or an old soul? One of the Creator’s blessings, about which we read in this week’s Torah portion, is that Israel shall eat old produce. Huh? Is this a blessing or a blight? Who wants old leftovers? A journey to the Macallan distillery in the Highlands of Scotland will teach us a thing or two about aging grain.