Well, by now, I think we all know how many verses the Torah spends on the Creation Story.
Thirty one! (It’s not a bad trivia question to try on your friends!)
Here’s a note from a member of our group.
“Thirty one verses seems kind of short, considering it is Creation!
It got me thinking: Which story does the Torah spend the most verses telling?”
First, I really look forward to your thoughts. Second, ‘getting us thinking’ is the goal!
I think the Torah is giving us a very powerful message.
It spends pages and pages on stories like Adam and Eve. Or Abraham taking care of guests.
It’s the Torah’s way of saying, sure the universe is amazing. The stars, the galaxies and the planets. And so much more.
And we should want to know more about it.
And the more we learn, the more inspired we should be.
The more we should stand in awe of G-d.
But the main concern of the Torah? The most important thing for us?
Is to learn about life.
And try and become the kind of people G-d wants us to be.
To learn from the challenges of Adam and Eve. To be inspired by great people like Abraham and Sarah.
… I was thinking about it recently.
We are learning more and more about places like Mars.
And we wonder. Can there be life on Mars?
And that’s fine.
But there is something that is even more important.
Finding out the meaning of life right here. For us.
Here’s something to think about over Shabbat:
On what stories does the Torah spend the most number of verses?
On two sories.
The building of the Temple. And the search for a wife for Isaac.
The Torah seems to go on and on!
Question: What’s so important about these two things? And do they have anything in common?
Please share your thoughts!