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Torah Discussion Starter: Judaism Is No Mystery

There is so much to be learned from Torah, but Parashah Zitzavim has been my favorite for years - and I know I’m not the only one. Our sages loved it so much, they included it as a reading on Yom Kippur. What grabs my attention are these lines in Deuteronomy 30:11-20: “Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach…No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it. See, I set before you this day life and prosperity, death and adversity…Choose life…”

Judaism is NOT meant to be a way of life that is mysterious, unattainable, or unlivable. Judaism is meant to be embodied by anyone who wants to engage with it.


What are the parts of Judaism that are still mysterious to you? What are the parts that are easy to embody? How do you figure out which parts you want to demystify or learn about more deeply?

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By: Rabbi Aimee Gerace

Wed, October 20 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782