“Your Arm’s Too Short to Box With God”—Or is it?
Abraham’s and Moses’ arms turn out not to be too short to box with God. Human freedom, dignity, and equality reign supreme. I see this as the Torah’s authorization for us, God’s covenantal partners, in our day, to bring many religious practices up to their full stature of love, dignity, equality for all—as in improving the standing and treatment of women, people who are handicapped, gay, and gentiles. If only the parashah ended right here…