Dear Rabbi Daniel and Susan,
I am an evangelical Christian who enjoys your program immensely on the TCT network. I have gained much insight through your program and it makes Bible reading quite enjoyable when you understand the actual meaning of the Hebrew words.
I have two questions that I hope you can answer or point me in the direction of where I can find these answers on your website or what reading materials you have available on these subjects.
1) I love reading the Bible, and for years I have come across directions, such as North, South, East and West that doesn’t always seem that it is actually talking about the direction on the compass, perhaps I am mistaken, are there deeper meanings, poetic meanings, errors in translation?
2) I have many friends who choose to homeschool or send their children to faith-based schooling rather than the (American) public school system. I have found it curious that the main reason they chose this route was on one core topic, evolution. I also chose a faith-based school for my daughter but that wasn’t my main reason. She was not taught evolution, at the time I was grateful, I don’t believe in evolution and I didn’t want that taught to my daughter. My question is, should we teach this “theory” as a part of learning and understanding our world even if it goes against our religious beliefs? Should we let them make that decision as adults to learn what their peers were learning in secular elementary school?
I appreciate both of you, and I look forward to your expertise and opinions.
We encourage people not to “slip in” more than one question, but since your first one is asking for a resource rather than an answer, we will make an exception. You are absolutely correct that directions mean more than they seem in Scripture. We give one amazing example in our audio CD set, Tower of Power: Decoding the Secrets of Babel and another one, regarding the words up and down as used in directions, in our DVD, Ancient Jewish Wisdom TV Show Volume 3. Both of these will give you enlightening keys for understanding and interpreting the insights that slide right by the casual and unknowledgeable reader.