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1959
Change of Plan
Rabbi Moshe Herson is Head Shliach of the State of New Jersey. As a student at 770 from 1955 to 1959, he would spend his summers visiting remote Jewish communities.
"Go to the craftsman who made me," said the man, "and say to him: How ugly is the vessel which you have made!"
Who would you help? What punishments would you mete out? How would you handle this awesome responsibility?
What kind of "free choice" do we have, if we didn't choose to be presented with that choice?
I find Yom Kippur depressing. Why spend a day focusing on our sins and failures? Do we need to be reminded how far we are from being perfect?
There is an interesting distinction made in Jewish law between different types of utensils.
The Knowing I
Why do we become a bar mitzvah at adolescence? Because something dramatic happens to our minds at this time: A sort of awakening, a consciousness, a realization that "I exist"
It is truly an impossible discovery: that there is another "I" in this world, one who is not "me," who does not confirm my concept of the world, who is the opposite of me in so many ways and who I can therefore never truly know...
Consciously or sub-consciously, we all identify as "human." Does that inspire us to strive higher, to be a mentsch? Or does it allow us to relax our standards, recognizing that we're "only human"?
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