As we initiate several weeks of reading from Leviticus in the synagogue this Shabbat, we acknowledge the challenge that much of Leviticus presents for us. In this week’s D’var Torah at the Reform Judaism website, Rabbi Lance Sussman discusses this in detail. http://www.reformjudaism.org/learning/torah-study/vayikra/between-rock-and-hard-place-navigating-book-leviticus. But it is not just Leviticus, with its arcane material, that challenges us. What do we do when we find teachings anywhere in our tradition that trouble or offend us? In my sermon this Shabbat, I will take up the subject of how we deal with difficult texts, with the help of some insights from 100 year old actor, Kirk Douglas!