Mastery or Care?
This coming Shabbat, we return to the beginning of the Torah with Parashat Bereishit. The Jewish calendar’s narrative cycle dovetails well with the spiritual renewal celebrated during this season. Having commemorated Rosh Hashanah (the beginning of the new year and celebration of God’s kingship), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (the final of the three pilgrimage festivals), we begin whole and fresh. And part of this commencement is reading Torah anew—discovering new messages through new lenses.