Tor-Ch Davar rules
Rules for tor-ch davars
- Posting date
- The date to post is by the Monday BEFORE the parsha
is read. This gives us a week of discussion before many of us
join our discussion groups on Shabbat. Example, Shabbat Noah is
October 23/Heshvan 13. The post date for davar Noach is October
- I'd like to think size is unimportant but it is. Probably a
fifty line minimun is good. As for the maximum, anything over
200-250 lines will probably get unread but I'd like to leave it
- Any topic that can be traced to the parsha can be used. It can
be about a specific law or act, or it can try to globally define
the meaning of the parsha or events related. Grand philosopical
leaps are fine too, if they can be shown to be relevant to the
parsha. People who have a parsha that spans a holiday might choose
a davar related to any Torah reading on the holiday.
Personal statements and feelings are discouraged unless
they talk about personal quandries about the parsha (for example,
If I was doing parsha Korach, I could tell you why I've always felt
some kinship to Korach). Revisionism and reinterpretation is fine
as long as you're ready to get questioned on it (Korach didn't
do anything THAT bad).
- I'm not worried about controversy. What
I don't want is discussion we know will cause people to start
retreating to their bunkers and throwing stones again. I'm hoping
that the fact that we are concentrating on torah not issues will
help let people leave their agendas behind (He's being naive again).
Generally you to know whether you're provoking anyone or not.
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