In many ways, this is a tale as old as time. Imagery found in the Torah, true as it can be. A prophet takes the center stage, barely prepared for the raw power he faces off against. The prophet wasn’t the smallest bit afraid, which is of some dismay, and brings us full circle to the true family message of the beauty of a humble man and the terror of a vicious beast. We read the story ever just the same year after year, and find new meanings in metaphors that are ever a surprise, yet we nonetheless walk away from the event ever as before, just as sure of the tale as we are sure as the sun will rise.
“And He said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light. G-d saw that the light was good, and G-d separated the light from the darkness. G-d called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, a first day.”
Terry Rankin and I are co-hosts for an exciting (well at least to us) podblog experiment.
The pod is the podcast, SemioBytes, which features the both of us, head-to-head, toe-to-toe, looking at things from his Christian and my (Orthodox) Jewish point of view. It’ll be interesting to say the least.
The blog component is our individual blog posts, like this one, to follow up with more depth. Only so much can be found in a ten minute episode, and with the layers of depth that semiotics is, we couldn’t just leave everyone hanging…
Counting the Omer is not just a mitzvah, but is a mitzvah based in Kabbalah. We are instructed to count the Omer, but what are we counting? Why count 49 days of the Omer at all?