The ancient Rabbis say the Torah was written in black fire and white fire.
The black fire represents the ink of letters, what make up the stories and concepts and commandments of the canonized text. The white fire is what lives in the space between the words. It’s the winks and insinuations and plot holes and silences.
Like all good books the Bible raises more questions than it answers. To fully appreciate its nuanced complexity it must be interpreted, analyzed, and investigated. The Hebrew word for “investigation” is midrash. Over the centuries the Jewish tradition has collected hundreds if not thousands of midrashim — explanatory interpretations of the stories and laws of the Hebrew Bible. These stories can be entertaining, morally instructive, or emotionally moving.
This Sunday we invite you to join us at Jammin’ Java at 10:15am to indulge in art of midrash. In preparation for this service we ask you to consider a passage that confuses or angers you, a character you wish you knew more about, or a law that needs explanation. Together we will explore how this ancient practice can reveal hidden meanings about our scripture, our tradition, and ourselves.