First to cry out in horror, and then to bravely enter as a peacemaker, the violent places in Torah, the “harsh passages,” offer an opportunity to engage with human violence. Continuing a string of Tikkun teachings, approach the violent passages as offering a controlled setting in which to consider strategies by which to challenge and transcend violence in text, in our own lives and in the world around us. As much as we may wish they weren’t there, in our ability to confront and wrestle with the harsh passages and to receive the whole Torah, so we learn to engage with the fullness of life, learning to soften its harshness and to help create the world as envisioned at the beginning.
Hall: Room 3A
Track: Pshat Drash