On the eighth day of Passover, we read a passage from the Book of Deuteronomy that lists the festivals of the Jewish calendar. What does it tell us about how we spend our time and our relationships to the people around us?
Is it not strange that our liberty from enslavement by a mighty, totalitarian regime is symbolized by a half-baked pumpernickel flour and water interrupted from rising in its earliest stage of development?
Even with all the science we have now and the accumulated knowledge of thousands of years of human culture, the human body is full of mysteries and conditions that cannot be cured, even now. That was all the more so 2,500 years ago.
While contemporary Jews might find problematic the connection made between disease and divine punishment, the lessons that both ancient and modern rabbis offered on the consequences of gossip and slander are quite valuable.