We are halfway through Leviticus; it is time to see what we have learned! Take this quiz with your friends and compare answers. Do you have what it takes to be a Leviticus Priest?
Chapters 13 and 14: The Laws of Leprosy
As fate would have it, I cut my hand last week while moving a bookshelf into my room. Although I cleaned the wound and covered it with a bandage, the bandage fell off during the day and the gash had to take on a yellow color by nightfall. It hasn’t healed yet and I’ve begun to worry; what if this is a leprosy? What would I do? How would I even know?
Chapter 12: The Miracle of Life
Anyone who is pregnant or considering giving birth should consult these Childbirth Reminders!!
Chapter Eleven: Clean and Unclean animals.
If you are like me, you have questions about what you can and can’t eat. Can I eat Ostrich? What about Salmon? Which is the appropriate bug to eat – a grasshopper or a locust? Why?
Chapter 11 gives us two sets of information regarding which animals we are allowed to eat and which are deemed unclean and detestable: The General Rules and a some Specific Lists.
Chapter Five: Fraud, uncleanliness and other minor offenses
In chapter four, we learned the basic rule of atonement: You break a commandment, you must atone for it. It usually involves sacrificing a sheep, unless everyone in the community breaks a commandment, in which case you sacrifice a bull. Kill a man? Sacrifice a sheep. Steal from your neighbor? Sacrifice a sheep.
But what if you break a commandment without knowing it? What if you commit a crime not covered under the commandments, like defrauding a neighbor or touching a pig?
Chapter Four: What to do if someone breaks a commandment
What do you do when someone breaks a commandment? Sacrifice an animal, of course! But pay attention! According to Leviticus, Chapter Four, the price for breaking a commandment is different depending on who does the commandment breaking.
Chapters one through three of Leviticus deal primarily with ritual sacrifice. Have you ever broken a commandment? As it turns out, you can be forgiven for your sin if you sacrifice an animal. No need for prayers or apologies! But how should you go about sacrificing your animal? What if you intend to eat the animal? What about sacrificing a bread product instead? Leviticus provides the binding, divine answers to all of these questions!
Last week I hosted a showing of the Broadway musical Rent for my 11th grade music class. Rent tells the story of eight New Yorkers whose lives become connected during the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s. It addresses several hot-button themes including drug use, homosexuality, homelessness, HIV and gentrification. It’s an OK movie. The students like the drama and I like some of the songs.
For the first hour of the video, the class had been largely sympathetic to the plight of the main characters, even when one of the male characters showed up dressed in a Mrs. Claus costume. But when the two gay characters, Angel and Collins, share their first and only man kiss, an 11th grade boy, who had remained silent for the first hour of the video, shouted “Ohhh! Ohhhhh! That is just wrong!”
The class erupted, some voicing support and others disgust at what they’d just witnessed.
I said: “You live in New York in 2010. You’ll all need to get used to that.”
The boy who spoke out said “A man should not kiss another man!” Upon further pressing he said: “It’s in the Bible. It’s in all the bibles.”
“All the bibles?” I asked.
“Yea. It’s in the Koran, too.”