In this week’s Torah portion Ki Tavo the twelve tribes are divided in half and placed upon two mountains facing each other, in the valley between the tribes the Levites yell out blessings and curses attached to our convenient with Hashem. I am unable to fathom how exciting it was to yell AMEN! after each proclamation. Imagine the excitement felt after a lifetime spent fighting and wandering to finally stand opposite the shore of stability and a new and better way of life.
The ancient Hebrews are commanded to raise pillars inscribed with the Torah and cast them in plaster once they settle in the Promised Land. This may seem odd but in actuality this act makes a lot more sense than say sending a multi-colored sheet up a pole. Flags are great when your working in government, fighting on the battle field, and letting your neighbors know, “hey I am originally [Read more…]