For this week, we're going to approach the text from a different perspective. Mudhouse Sabbath is a much more recent book than what we've been reading lately, but author Winner provides a unique insight into what we've been studying already. She's a Messianic Jew, meaning that although she was raised within the orthodox Jewish faith, she embraced the Christian faith as an adult and has much to say about how the two worldview impact each other. Beyond this unique background, Winner holds degrees from Columbia, Cambridge, and Duke Universities!
- "Practice is to Judaism what _______________ is to Christianity. That is not to say that Judaism doesn't have dogma or doctrine. It is rather to say that for Jews, the essence of the thing is a _______________, an action. Your faith might come and go, but your practice ought not _______________."(ix)
- What is the lesson of na'aseh v'nishma?
- Regarding Sabbath, Konigsberg writes, "When we cease interfering in the world we are acknowledging that it is God's world."(7) How do you and your family do Sabbath/rest days?
- What is the "fallacy of the direct object"(11)?
- What does keeping kosher have to do with faith for the Jewish people?
- What are the schechitah codes? Codes for compassionate/humane slaughter of animals.
- "Food is part of God's creation. A right relationship with food points us ______________________________."(23)
- How does Judaism approach grief?
- What is significant about the Shema prayer?
- What does the bris suggest about bodies (68)?
- "When I am sated, it is easy to feel _____________________. When I am hungry, it is possible to remember where my ______________________________."(91)
- How is the community meant to act towards the elderly?
- What symbolism accompanies the lighting of candles?
- What are the yichud and sheva brachot (126)?
- What is the significance of the mezuzah?