Sukkot Journal, Day 2

We’re especially alive at night and our Sukkah is as bright as Las Vegas!

We’re so busy having fun, we’ve not done as much praying or studying as I would like. And last night, neighbors asked to stop singing songs around the campfire. Ouch. Next year, maybe we’ll get all the sites here and not have any neighbors who don’t like singing at 9:30 at night. Meanwhile, let me tell you about our Mishlei (Proverbs) study . . .

We’re pretty laid back, so, having just started a new study of Wisdom Literature, I came with some general notes and planned more to have free discussion.

The cool things with Proverbs is that this leads to talking about our families, our history, and our experiences. We started with 10:1 and discussed 10:1-6 as a cluster of Proverbs loosely organized around the theme of diligence and divine blessing. I’m basing my study on Michael Fox’s superb commentary in the Anchor Yale series.

One of the cool discussion points was a riddle I asked about 10:1. Why is it less effective if you switch mother and father in this verse?

People mused a number of ideas and we had good discussion.

The point, however, is that a father is harder to please and a mother’s love harder to lose (there is a saying about a kid only a mother could love). So, if wisdom pleases the heard to please dad and folly grieves the easy to please mom, then all the more we want wisdom. Saadia Gaon said that this verse both encourages parents to teach children and children to learn from parents.

Just a little wisdom this Sukkot. May you and yours be wise, pleasing to parents, and teaching children along the way.

About Derek Leman

IT guy working in the associations industry. Formerly a congregational rabbi. Dad of 8. Nerd.
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4 Responses to Sukkot Journal, Day 2

  1. Anonymous says:

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    Have you ever heard that before?

    Derek portrays himself as a rabbi and his religious stylings as Jewish. And through this ruse, however genuine his intentions may well be, he is misleading real Jews.

    He is passing himself off as a teacher of Judaism to Jews, when he’s actually indoctrinating folks in Christianity.

    But don’t take my word for it. Print out his photo, above, of what he defines as a “sukkah”, and bring it to your local Orthodox rabbi. Ask him if [A] Derek’s structure meets the traditional Jewish requirements to qualify as a sukkah and if [B] belief in Christian ideas about Jesus are in consonance with the Jewish tradition from Sinai. In both cases, I urge you to press the rabbi to actually show you, inside the text, the specific sources in the Jewish literature for the answer to both of these important queries. For a Jew, knowledge of your heritage is the only tool you have at your disposal to separate the truth about Judaism from that which gentile Christian missionaries like Derek would have you accept. See it for yourself.

  2. jeremiahmichael says:

    Anonymous,
    Your comment would make sense and be valid on this account
    If Derek was masquerading as an Orthdox Rabbi.

    Derek makes is very clear that he is a Messianic and not an Orthodox Rabbi, for this reason your post is totally invalided. However if Derek was pretending to be an Orthodox Rabbi then yes your point would make sense. While Derek’s Sukkah (at least the photo of the Sukkah) does not meet the requirements of Halacha it really shouldn’t matter since it is not Derek’s goal to meet the requirements of Orthodox halacha, but to develop a Messianic Halacha based on the Orthodox (correct me if I’m wrong).

    You’re second issue goes well beyond the scope of this brief comment.

    In conclusion you’re wasting your time.

  3. Everyone:

    I deleted a comment by Meir which had some merit, but I had this principle in mind: I don’t allow my blog to become a place for preaching against Jesus. I emailed Meir, who says he has visited my synagogue and is now Orthodox (and anti-Reform and anti-Conservative as well as anti-Messianic). I invited him to share his opinions in less preachy ways as part of ongoing discussions.

    Word to all anti-Jesus preachers: start your own blog for your preaching. But your comments are welcome and even your criticisms if worded respectfully as religious discourse should be. My readership is not your playground. Earn your own if your message has merit.

    Derek Leman

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