Torah of Family Life
Mirriam-webster.com defines torah as “the body of wisdom and law contained in Jewish Scripture and other sacred literature and oral tradition.” At North Georgia Family, we view family as a complex relational matrix, and recognize that much of who we are is shaped in the matrix of the relationships that we have with our mothers, our fathers, our brothers and sisters, our marriages, and our children. The two concepts of Torah and family come together in the text of Psalm 1 as the Psalmist expresses what to embrace and what to avoid so that our life becomes like a tree which gives its fruit in season. Its foliage does not wither. Everything this tree makes causes thriving. Psalm 1 describes a way of being in family that follows a reliable path toward making loving, wise, and peace-making families who continue to grow and change as the unpredictable realities of life unfold. There are rhythms and practices that can help all of us create homes filled with shalom, the peace that is present when human beings actively demonstrate their care and love for one another.