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Just as a Torah scroll is invalid if one letter is obliterated or missing, the Jewish people--a living Torah scroll--is incomplete if one Jew is missing.

Spokes and Souls

Spokes and Souls

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Just as a Torah scroll is invalid if one letter is obliterated or missing, the Jewish people--a living Torah scroll--is incomplete if one Jew is missing.

Chana Weisberg is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of five popular books.
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December 9, 2012
The World
The wheel is the world,within it lies those who are spiritual & those who do not seem to realize they are also with a spirit,lacking of desire to search within.
Rosemarie
CA.
September 6, 2010
Context
Your concrete analogy works for me. When differences of opinion come up, good analogy or bad analogy, if one takes into account context, the differences melt away, both views are ' right '. This forum does not allow verbal exchanges whereby this analogy can be further elucidated.

The message describes the spokes joining at the hub analogous to the macrocosm, attachment of the individuals of the Jewish nation. On another level, we can use the outer rim as an analogy to the Yechida soul, the outer/higher level soul, which joins the Jewish nation. Thus, the analogy is turned inside out and works either way. Consider the context/perspective. They are both ' right '.

Or, one may dismiss the analogy altogether as Illinois does. Personally, I do not see the outer spokes in contact, but the ' vort ' connected may have a different meaning, considering context.

I am not attempting to make everything 'right '. I am simply pointing out the oft overlooked factor of context.
Anonymous
W
August 27, 2010
bicycling und der kleine wort.
Spokes are connected both at the rim (the outer circle) and the hub (the inner circle). A bicycle may operate very well with one or more spokes missing.

So too are the Jewish people connected both at the outside and the inside, but in ways that have nothing to do with spirituality.

Better to use no analogy than to use a poor one.
Gershon Halevi
Chicago, Illinois
jewishorlando.com
August 26, 2010
beautiful thought
as is usual with your short and sweet messages.

Thank you
Anonymous
wisc