Human Being, The

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Birth, coming of age, marriage, death … Judaism has celebrations and rituals associated with every major juncture in life.
The Torah commands us only to eat animals which have split hoofs and chew their cud.
"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...
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