The Torah—a rigorous and complex code containing 613 commandments, to which the rabbis later added a myriad of further prohibitions and obligations—is for Jews an exquisite source of happiness, the ultimate embodiment of the Almighty’s love, and God’s greatest gift. Indeed, Christian thinkers have been startled by the fact that law—in all its multifarious details—can be a source of delight. “One can easily understand,” Lewis asserts, how laws may be important, even critical, but “it is very hard to find how they could be, so to speak, delicious, how they exhilarate.” Indeed, for one who overcomes his own desires in obedience to God’s commands, the law, Lewis write, “could be more aptly compared to the dentist’s forceps or the front line than to anything enjoyable or sweet.” Similarly, Soren Kierkegaard, reflecting Paul’s description of the Law as a “curse,” sees in the Torah an infinitude of obligations that can never be fulfilled: “A human being groans under the Law.Wherever he looks, he sees only requirement but never the boundary, alas, like someone who looks out over the ocean and sees wave after wave but never the boundary.”In the past two decades, however, a stunning new genre of religious writing has appeared: Christian appreciation of the Jewish love of the law.
And while Simchat Torah is a venerable tradition, the true celebration of the law is the holiday of Shavuot, marked by Jews this month as zeman matan torateinu, the time of the giving of the law. Lewis admits he was confounded by the Psalmist’s description of the Torah as sweeter than honey.In addition, adolescent deaths resulting from HIV continue to rise despite declines in other age groups.There are also young key populations (YKPs) that bear disproportionate burdens of HIV and are the most vulnerable, including young men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender youth, young people who inject drugs, and adolescent and young adult sex workers.The play seeks to establish a continuity between the scandalized reception of the original work and the censorship of its American production 17 years later.Staged with great verve and ingenuity, Indecent is an effort by its creators and producers to celebrate the idea of Jewish culture and offer some hope of its perpetuation.
- Tour historic Fort Leavenworth and its Frontier Army Museum, drive by the US Penitentiary, or ride a 1913 carousel at the C W Parker Carousel Museum.