Why 120?



Why 120 words? Why not. “Turn it over and over, for everything is within it,” says the Mishna. There are 79,976 words written in the Torah, yet the words we hear from the Torah are infinite. Still, form is important, as are boundaries. Fixed-form poetry forces profound insights to be vigorously vocalised; fixed words of prayers have been filled with intensely personal meaning; over three millennia, the Torah never stopped being a source of stimulation. I use this blog to delineate the abstract thoughts and feelings I have as I read the weekly Torah portion and its accompanying commentaries, and intend to add another 120-word thought every week. I hope my writing will encourage response, discussion, critique and emulation.


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