October 22nd, 2012

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Still overcast....

Hope it rains. We need it...and the barometric pressure is giving me a headache. I love the light - so soft and misty!

SG did his "photo shoot" yesterday, and took a TON of photos. Now he has to go thru and edit them....it's not enough to take the photos, you need to "prettify" them, too. :snicker: Whatever....it's just soap! Still....what I saw of them look good.

Today we had a LONG TorahClass. We are in Gen. 3, talking about the serpent. What the Bible actually SAYS about it is that "it was different from the creatures ADONAI, God, created".....NOT that it was "different from the other creatures". That puts a whole new spin on snakes - and we had a long discussion about whether or not God created snakes, or if He simply went with the Adversary's "creation".......and about how the Adversary created "non-life".....even though snakes are alive now. (Or...are they? Do they have the Breath of Life in them, like God's creations do? Interesting point to ponder, no?) I had to cut it short so we could move on to the other subjects; we'll pick it back up again tomorrow.

There's 5 gallons of Heather Ale plurking away on my island, so no soaping for now. :shrug: 'sAlright - I've got a few more batches planned, but there's no rush. (I want to make a large batch of the lovely, pretty Sandalwood, and I need to get some gifts made up. Herself wants to give Papaw some soap for Giftmas. Need to get on that now, so they'll be ready in time.)

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"Living the Bible"

Ali posted something earlier about a woman who is going thru the Bible, and "living" it. It seems like a rip-off of the guy who wrote "A Year of Living Biblically" a few years ago.....anyway, she was on Good Morning America this morning (or was supposed to be - we didn't watch it.)

I was thinking.....it seems to me that this is an effort by the Adversary to make the Bible look....silly. Unimportant. Because...if you just start in Genesis and "live" by what it says, it looks pretty bizarre. Especially when you do it willy-nilly...the way the author did (and the way it appears that this lady is doing.)

I mean....why now? Why, in trying to live a Biblical life (which IS possible, and it's possible to do it without looking as odd as these 2 people do.), do you do things a) publicly (by this I mean, with media attention) and b) by changing some things so that it's *totally* bizarre-looking to even Bible-believers?

(The author did some really bizarre things - he took the verses in Deut. about "bind this on your hand", which is where tefillin comes from), but instead of binding the VERSES on his hand, he tied a wad of cash. :scratches head: (And....most non-Jewish scholars say that this section is poetic language. I don't know enough to know if this interpretation is correct or not - but I do know that CASH wasn't what was meant here!)

It's just....something I'm pondering today. Because it feels "off", the way these 2 are going at it.....(probably because they've removed God from the equation.)

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