re: #4 Cosmic X
Yes, we could talk about this for a long time. However, let’s just cover one topic today, very briefly. When you study Torah, the written Torah, and you do what all folks do when reading a narrative that they care about—they take a position in the story (yes?), when you jump into the text, where do you stand?
For instance, during the episode of the Golden Calf, are you a Levite, or are you one of the 3000 who fell for it? If you were Moses, would you have spoken to the rock, or would you also have lost your temper? In the episode of Joseph and his brothers, would you have argued to let him be, or would you have wanted to sell him, or kill him?
Your answers speak to the questions of piety and introspection.