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by Rebbetzin Malkah
There is an aggadah (legend) in the Midrash that the Roman Emperor Hadrian asked how man would be revived in the World to Come; Rabbi Joshua Ben Hananiah replied that it would be "From Luz, in the back-bone." "Prove this to me," said Hadrian. Then the Rabbi took Luz, a small bone of the spine, and immersed it in water, but it was not softened; he put it into the fire, but it was not consumed; he put it into a mill, but it could not be pounded; he placed it upon an anvil and struck it with a hammer, but the anvil split and the hammer was broken. (Ecclesiastes Rabbah xii / Genesis Rabbahxviii).
"Yaacov arose early in the morning and took the stone that he place around his head and set it up as a pillar; and he poured oil on its top. And he named that place Beth-el; however Luz was the city's name originally." Bereishis 28:18-19
by Rabbi Jason
G-d must be an engineer. Well, at least I try to tell myself this. We all look at Hashem through the lenses of our own experience. I like to build things, and have done so to varying degrees since I was a child. I know that one of the “hats” Hashem wears is that of Creator, Builder, and Thinker Upper of Stuff. The Torah is filled with stories and accountings of great detail. G-d is a G-d of order, we are all told. But you need only open up the first story to understand the order of creation and start to apply it to your own life.