During the final events of Masorti’s 2018 Mission, we joined with hundreds of Israeli and world Masorti Jews and friends for a 40th Anniversary Day of Study and Gala celebration.
In a teaching session from Rabbi Gordon Tucker (Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel Center of White Plains and a key member of the Masorti Foundation Board of Directors) – Beyond the Boundaries of Halacha: Theology, Zionism and Masorti Judaism, there was a gem of wisdom (among many!) that struck me. Rabbi Tucker discussed Israeli poet and thinker Chaim Nachman Bialik’s 1916 essay where he explored the relationship between Agada and Halacha. For Bialik and Tucker, the Agada is like a flower creating the fruit of Halachah, which in turn has within it the seed of another flower of Agada.
Watch Rabbi Tucker and read Bialik’s essay.