Here are a couple of short hops to start your week out with.

Savior of Torahs seals deal with God is the story of Rabbi Menachem Youlus who for the last twenty years has traveled all over the world saving Torahs (the first five books of the Bible) that had been left neglected or damaged and restoring them.

Each Torah contains 302,000 Hebrew letters, and every one must be inked by hand with a kosher quill. Perfectly. Restoring an old Torah means matching the ink, the font and the parchment on which it was written—a tricky task when you’re repairing a centuries-old Ugandan Torah in a suburban Maryland workshop.

After months of work, Youlus and his foundation settle the Torahs in schools, synagogues and Jewish community centers around the world, often for considerably less than the minimum $18,000 each takes to restore.

Debbie Blue has another thought provoking Blogging to Sunday at Theolog. She wants to know why we always jump to “prostitute” when we think of the sinful woman who anointed Jesus’s feet in Luke 7:36-50. She thinks we need to take Luke calling her a sinner a little more seriously and fleshing out what that could mean—not only for the woman, but for us.

I think we need to take Luke seriously when he says she was a sinner. We probably wouldn’t have liked her or been at all attracted to her. And Simon may have been great and beautiful and kind. When he thinks to himself that Jesus must not know who this woman is, maybe he wasn’t being an obviously horrible judgmental prig. Maybe he knew how she beat her children or poisoned little kittens. Jesus eats with tax collectors and sinners. Tax collectors weren’t just “good” people that the world ostracized. They worked for the Roman Empire and extorted money from the poor. They did things that hurt people.