Monday, October 26, 2009

A Not So New Endeavor...

Although I know that I am a week late, I realized that the yearly Torah reading schedule just started over. So, as I did last year at this time, I plan to attempt to read the Torah in a year's time but this time getting past Exodus. If you're interested, here you can find some info on the weekly readings as well as the reading schedule.

I love disciplined reading schedules. They help to keep me focused on actually reading scripture instead of relying on my "feelings" to not only motivate me to read but to find the "right" passages to read. Sure, there's benefit to allowing the Holy Spirit to teach me and lead me through scripture seemingly randomly. The honest of those of us who choose to read scripture in this manner can admit that the motivation to read is difficult to maintain, and thus this reading plan over long periods of time bears little fruit.

But there's also so much wisdom to allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through a planned out reading schedule as well, not to mention the communal benefits of reading along with the Jewish faith community . Since I'm sure I'm in the same boat as everyone in wanting to read more scripture than I am currently doing, why not add a planned reading schedule to my current random reading? Plus, who doesn't love the stories that the Torah provides. Feel free to join me in reading the Torah for the next year. We're already into Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32), so now's a great time to start reading along!

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