by Barbara T. Luss
I never had the time or opportunity to study the Torah until I retired from nursing 10 years ago and joined the Torah Study Group at my Temple, Adat Chaverim. The first time we went through the Five Books of Moses almost sent me running from the room several times in horror at the realization of a war-like, angry, and vengeful God. After several years of reading and discussing the Book with my fellow learners, I was able to come to an understanding that interpretations of the text over the centuries vary far and wide.
I continued to read and study with the knowledge that each passage, each word should be read in the context of the era that it was written in and that my interpretation is being made in the present with limited experience with biblical writing. In making this peace with the writings, I have been able to take lessons from them that reflect my thoughts and perceptions, hoping to strengthen my spiritual well being while reconciling all the aspects of God in the pages.