Golden Calf and consuming fire

“One day,” says Avivah Zornberg, “I had a flash of insight about Leviticus as a whole.”

Read Beth Kissileff's review of The Hidden Order of Intimacy by Aviva Zornberg.

After writing a book about Genesis, another about Exodus, and another about Numbers, you were hesitant to write about Leviticus.

It seemed rather dry, and full of small details about the functioning of the tabernacle and the priests who operated it. Moreover, I am drawn to narrative, and this book has only two stories in it: the death of Aaron’s sons (Lev. 10:1–2 and 16:1) and that of the son of an Israelite woman and an Egyptian father, who curses God and is stoned to death (24:10–14).

What made you change your mind?