Leviticus (and Voting on the Right )

My choices for president included Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.I stared at the ballot. I hadn’t had much sleep the night before, so it took me a moment. Then another. By the time the third moment arrived to tap me on the wrist, I had figured it out. Despite asking me my party affiliation (I confess: lifelong Democrat), my neighbors had handed me the opposition’s ballot. Continue reading

Loving Leviticus, Sanctifying Everything (or Anything)

I frequently tell my university students that Leviticus is one of my favorite books in Torah. Typically, this elicits variant groans of incredulity. If I say such a thing at a church I am visiting, I usually receive polite looks of utter disbelief – after all, many who are present are likely thanking their lucky stars that Christianity apparently did away with priestly niggling about identifying skin diseases and suchlike. Continue reading