Friday, May 11, 2012
Which is better, London or Leeds?
Spending last Shabbat in Leeds, a couple of people said to me: “The Olympics in London have zero impact on us in Leeds, the games might as well be held in Holland or China.” I am not sure Lord Coe would be too happy about that. The Diamond Jubilee is perhaps a little less London-centric, indeed the queen has a trip planned around her glorious empire. But there is something about London: it’s where the Queen lives; it’s where the Olympics are happening. Does that not make London choicer? Which leads us to one of the most contentious ideas as Jews: The chosen people. Many interesting explanations and excuses have been given over time. Here is another which sheds some light on this touchy subject by looking at juxtapositions in this week’s Torah portion. Emor begins with the laws of the Kohen - Priestly Purity, and acceptable animals for sacrifice, followed by the laws of Shabbat and festivals.
Posted by Mendel Cohen at 4:55 AM