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Bar Mitzvah Boy

Bar Mitzvah Boy SHOFAR leI's injunction initiates a process; each person begins anew the task of completion, a task never to be finished. Jewish ethics weaves together a tapestry of four concerns, of philosophy, theology, practical law, and cosmic meaning. Its ultimate aim, the completion of that tapestry, lies beyond anyone lifetime. Studying its elements represents one step towards its completion. The knife branded you a member of a people, survivors of plagues and autodafes, God-sodden crazies' necrophilic lust. B'rith Mila to Bar Mitzvah, thirteen years of growing to commit your knowing forbears' fate:"-dangersignoring the threat in celebration. You chant conviction in old commandments, the comforting words of ancient prophets as if the words live a life of their own. The tallit woven from shrouds of history, a lineage of saints, sages and priests embraces your soul like a swaddling cloth. Werner Israel Halpern http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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Abstract

SHOFAR leI's injunction initiates a process; each person begins anew the task of completion, a task never to be finished. Jewish ethics weaves together a tapestry of four concerns, of philosophy, theology, practical law, and cosmic meaning. Its ultimate aim, the completion of that tapestry, lies beyond anyone lifetime. Studying its elements represents one step towards its completion. The knife branded you a member of a people, survivors of plagues and autodafes, God-sodden crazies' necrophilic lust. B'rith Mila to Bar Mitzvah, thirteen years of growing to commit your knowing forbears' fate:"-dangersignoring the threat in celebration. You chant conviction in old commandments, the comforting words of ancient prophets as if the words live a life of their own. The tallit woven from shrouds of history, a lineage of saints, sages and priests embraces your soul like a swaddling cloth. Werner Israel Halpern

Journal

Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1990

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