What to eat, who gets to eat it, when, how and why it’s eaten: there are the details of this section of the book of Leviticus. Customs and habits have surely changed…except for the Saturday night’s barbecue when we cook with an open fire!
Without getting lost in the details, God wants to teach his people the proper habits about eating and cleanliness. Way back then, God taught the people about how food can become contaminated, just as some of the serious problems with food poisoning that can take place in fast food restaurants and other places to this day.
We might say that it all comes done to the saying that we learned as children: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Keeping things clean and neat—why here’s a simple way to find God, for God “hangs around” where there is good order, cleanliness and peace.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Cleanliness and Godliness
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…