The Eternal Torah
The Torah readings this past week and the coming week really touch my heart because, all theology aside, they show how eternal our humanity is.
First in Beshalach. Mise-en-scene: The Jews just came out of Egypt and are travelling through the desert. They look behind them and see the Egyptian chariots barreling straight at them. They are terrified, but there is still time for bitter sarcasm:
Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us out to die in the wilderness? (Exodus 14:11)
Then in Yitro, Moses' father-in-law comes to visit having heard of all the miracles. Moses is exhausted. He spends his entire day adjudicating and resolving disputes according to G-d's law.
His father-in-law takes him aside and says "What are you doing? You can't keep going like this, you're going to collapse. You gotta take care of yourself, son!" Then he tells him to delegate. There, the Torah is also a three thousand year old management book.
I don't know why, these scenes or regular people, is something that makes the Torah feel so right - much more than the description of the amazing miracles.