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Four rabbis were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Torah. One liked a particular version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another preferred a more scholarly edition because it was closer to the original Hebrew. Still another liked a contemporary version because it was gender-neutral.
The fourth rabbi was silent for a moment, then said, "I like my mother's translation best." Surprised, the other three men said they didn't know his mother had translated the Torah. "Yes," he replied. "She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw."
I have many different translations of the Torah. I enjoy comparing one translation to another because each translation is a commentary in itself. But this rabbi reminded me that the most important focus should be studying Torah and observing the mitzvot. That was the top priority of Ezra's life. As a scribe, he studied the Torah, obeyed it, and taught it to the Israelites (Ezra 7:10).
This week’s Torah portion Emor contains the holiday cycle including counting the Omer from the second day of Passover to the holiday of Shavuot 50 days later (Lev. 23:15-16) After the Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites counted down the days until the holiday of Revelation with great anticipation and preparation. This Shabbat will be the 34th day of the Omer. Let's follow our ancestors’ example by studying Torah and translating it into life to prepare for the holiday of Shavuot.
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Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services