This week's parsha
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Does G-d Want Us To Enjoy Ourselves?
One thing I haven't figured out yet: Does G‑d want us to enjoy ourselves, or not?
I've looked at the classical sources, and the message is mixed. Here's a sampling of what I found:
Are You Successful?
The place was the Holy of Holies in the Temple; the person was the high priest; the time was Yom Kippur.
The epitome of holiness in Jewish tradition, where the holiest time, space and soul met, touched and merged.
The moment was awesome; it glowed and radiated, then burst and blazed. It would sustain the world an entire year.
Where and when did it pass? How was the moment seen off?
But It's True
There are conceptions of morality expounded in Torah that are all but unknown to other peoples, defects recognized by Torah and deprecated if not totally ignored by others. This week's Torah portion discusses at length the affliction called tzora'at, commonly translated as "leprosy." The sages describe this affliction as the punishment for loshon hara, an evil tongue.