It was so easy to condemn the imperfect and unclean. To protect comfortable traditions, strict legalism, cozy doctrine. Anyone can cling to those things that benefit oneself and exclude those who don’t measure up. Anyone can call others to conform to their self-interest.
What the Teacher was saying seemed to sound less like religion and more like relationship.
It was a common pattern for the rabbis to use. “You have heard it said…but I say to you….” But what he was saying was anything but common.
What if our teachings and traditions have missed the mark? What if the Law was about something more than clean and unclean, legal and illegal, in and out? What if fulfilling Torah is not about being right, but about being light?
All eyes were on the Teacher. It began to feel like we were all breathing as one. Like we had a single shared heartbeat as we focused on his face, waiting for him to speak.