In less than a month (Saturday evening, June 11) the Festival of Shavuot arrives. The festival has come to celebrate the revelation of the Ten Commandment at Mount Sinai. But just after the Ten Commandment is one of Torah’s most important lessons.
Quick Comment Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)
It is easy to overlook a gem of a lesson that lurks unobtrusively behind the Ten Commandments, but it is a lesson that can change our lives.
“And if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of cut stones; for if you lift up your tool upon it, you have polluted it.” (Exodus 20:22)
God loves us just as we are
We all have the potential to be stones in God’s altar and we all have the potential to see in others the same potential.
But too often we want to cut those other potential stones to fit our expectations of how they should be.
God welcomes all to worship at the Divine altar whether we are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, another religion or no religion at all. It does not matter if we are gay, straight or transgender.
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