The Torah In Haiku: Naso
A jealous husband
A wife accused of cheating
A strange ritual
In this week's portion we find the "ordeal of bitter water" in which the sotah (a woman accused of adultery) must endure a strange ritual to determine if she is guilty. It is a difficult passage to understand. For a couple of women's perspectives on these verses, check out this week's D'var Torah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, and an interesting Bat Mitzvah D'var Torah (scroll down to "The right to due process"), which I found while searching the web for some way to come to grips with this part of Naso.
I don't usually comment about the images I choose to accompany my posts. This week it was particular difficult to find an appropriate image. I settled on something that reflects the broken relationship that must exist for something like the ordeal of the sotah to be needed.
Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog The Torah in Haiku. Image By Leo Nordwall (Interacting Arts) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.