#1, Jan 21, 2012 1:37pm
This is an excerpt from the first part of the essay I wrote for the 2012 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics in December of 2011.
(The essay made it past round 1 of judging, so please pray that it makes it to the final round of judging!)
Katie van Schaijik
#2, Jan 21, 2012 2:02pm
Thanks for sharing it with us Samantha!
It reminds me of something I once heard Tom Howard say about fornication. He said something about the sacredness of a woman's body, and then "I have no right to go in there, unordained, then a non-priest has to tear into the Holy of Holies."
Besides impressing me with the sense of the sacredness of human sexuality as such, I thought it also revealed something beautiful and true about the difference and complementarity between feminine and masculine sexuality.
The woman is sacred like a tabernacle.
The man, like a priest.
#3, Jan 23, 2012 11:35am
To add some scriptual heft to this: the hebrew word used for the divine presence in the Temple (Shechinah) is in the feminine, while the priest is masculine.
Note that the angels (cherubim) on top of the Ark of the Holies are reaching to embrace one another, and they were featured as man and woman. Union between man and woman is explicitly linked to the union between mankind and G-d.