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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Listening to Heart-Wisdom

Listening to Heart-Wisdom

Parashat Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1–38:20)

(p.113) Twenty-Two Listening to Heart-Wisdom
Torah Queeries

Jill Hammer

NYU Press

This chapter presents one of the modes of revelation as seen in the readings of Parashat Vayakhel of Exodus, in which Israelites are instructed to rely on their inner wisdom and individual gifts to discern the will of God. This mode of revelation commands Israelites to respond, not out of obedience as they did at Sinai, but rather base on the desire of their heart. The chapter then contrasts this mode of revelation with the spiritual mode of revelation that teaches one to distrust the heart, mind, and body, and trust only the wisdom of sacred text. People with this kind of spiritual model often see LGBT people as deluded, claiming that such people listens only to their inner sense of identity.

Keywords:   Parashat Vayakhel, heart, Exodus, individual gifts, inner wisdom

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