Monday, October 20, 2008

Best wishes For Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

In observance of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, there will be no posting toMagdeburger Joe and Rudi Stettner. The next posts will be either Wednesday night or Thursday morning after the holiday.
I am working on a laptop, and the thought occurs to me that it is a metaphor for the Torah that is available to all. A computer functions on the basis of written programs. With a smoothly functioning program, they function as an extension of human intelligence. Without a program, the best computer hardware is at best a glorified night light.

The Torah is like an "operating system. Without it, human beings sink well below the level of animals. When we have problems with our computers, we study the operating manual. When we have problems with our world, we should do the same thing.

As great a creation a human being is, we are only as good as what we believe in and what we aspire to.

It is a blessing that the Talmud, which elucidates the Torah is a book of recorded arguments.
The world has never stopped arguing. One of the most valuable lessons in Judaism is that disagreements and the process of their resolution can drive us forward. Arguments can be a good thing. They can even be studied in future generations.

As impassioned as I am in my opinions, this is a lesson upon which I reflect at election time. I strongly believe that the dialogue taking place in America at this election time can propel us forward as a united country.

It is with gratitude to our great free country that I wish my readers the best in the approaching Jewish holidays. Sphere: Related Content

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