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Torah tells us that Dinah, daughter of Jacob and and Leah, was the victim of a terrible rape. Oral traditions add to our understanding of this special woman.
We often say, “I don’t have enough time/money/energy” for that. Whatever that is. But that’s a misleading thought.
Jacob’s simple ladder foreshadows the trajectory of human development.
Jacob's ladder, like Sinai, characterizes that which is firmly embedded in earthliness, but can reach the heavens.
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True, when we work from above and stay above, the transformation we effect does not last. Yet while it is there, it is all-consuming. While it is there, everything experiences a whole new state of being. True, when we work from within, the transformation is self-sustaining, but it is only skin deep. The beast within remains a beast, just slightly more enlightened. The world remains a world, only a brighter world. Ultimately, both approaches are needed. We can teach and provide knowledge, yet preserve a sense of the transcendent and unknowable. We can work with the world on its own terms, but we...