Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Do we have the Torah yet?

What do we have?

A bunch of guys with straggly beards swaying back and forth and debating chakiros in Chetzi Shiur or Hezek Reiyah. Do they know and investigate G-d's Word or the concept and beauty of revelation?

People who judge other people and potential shidduchim based on the size/style of their (minhag) head-covering or their shirt-color (!) and not their (Deorayta, very serious) middos of love, warmth, friendliness, generosity and care for others.

Supposedly G-d fearing businessmen for whom making a fast buck unethically or cheating on your tax forms is not only acceptable, but it is positively a chiyuv.

Guys that would run a mile and pay a fortune to see the latest film, or a glimpse of Hollywood's hottest property (Natalie P. you know you are for me!), but to spend time studying or contemplating G-d's earth or Book is too much for them.

Bans being distributed left and right against people who dare to raise questions, to argue, to debate and even to doubt. Where is the encouragement? The free-spirited honest debate that will refine for us a greater appreciation of G-d's emes?

Wonderful, wholehearted servants of Hashem who are looked down upon because they are not married. These beautiful tortured souls are crying out for support.

Thousands of weighty tomes and severe lectures about the finest minutae of Halachot, many of which are not applicable nowadays, yet minimal discussion of connection, chosenness, spiritual creativity and the Big Man Himself (not you Barry Bonds!).

Let us take this time out to appreciate our purpose here, the fact that we have many forms of revelation and numerous valid ways of connecting to Him and His word and implementing it in our lives.

I don't think we have the Torah yet. Do you?



At 5/31/2006 11:44 AM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

Lead the way, TRK
(btw - do you have a straggly beard?)


At 5/31/2006 11:48 AM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...


Am trying to do so - there are definitely ways that I lead the way more than others, but a concerted united effort from us would make a difference.

I am falling far behind in the straggly/scraggly stakes.


At 5/31/2006 12:01 PM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

Are we the beautiful tortured souls?
Also - am I the pedant or the peasant?

At 5/31/2006 2:25 PM, Blogger renaissanceman said...

Cliche follows cliche. Do you know anybody who says "I don't work on my ahavas yisroel, because I'm too busy measuring my yarmulke?

At 5/31/2006 2:40 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...


we are all beautiful and tortured souls, some more than others


Vilkommen, you are right, but I didn't claim that - are there not Jews who judge others on the yarmulke size or color rather than their ahavs yisroel?

At 5/31/2006 3:06 PM, Blogger DTC said...

We all have beautiful and holy souls, but some are made more beautiful and holy by the particular style of (of course black) hat sitting on top of (or sometimes, on the back of) the head.

At 6/01/2006 7:58 AM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

Well written a d inspiring, as usual.

At 6/01/2006 2:54 PM, Blogger ClooJew said...


Really harsh man. I just got back from paying a shiva call to Rabbi Berel Wein, shlit"a and was awed. Here's a man who knows all the bad stuff you speak of and more, who just lost his wife, and from his shortened chair only spoke of the good people of the world and how our work isn't done yet, inspiring the hundreds of people who came to visit him.

Stop cursing the darkness and light a candle, man.

At 6/03/2006 10:44 PM, Blogger dietgarage said...

eh, my kippa is bigger.

At 6/04/2006 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you have to put others down to achieve your point? This post reaks of hate.

No body is perfect and you of all people should recognize that. Most of what you said is stereotype and not even correct. Even if there is some instituted wrong, you cannot possibly have good intentions by exploiting this so maliciously. You certainly must not agree with something that is wrong but spreading hate is not the Jewish or even human way. Shame on you.

At 6/06/2006 9:56 PM, Blogger anonym00kie said...

i see the opinions are split. personally i found it inspiring and encouraging. i definitely think there are some stereotypes in there, but it doesnt hurt to keep reminding ourselves not to fall into them.

At 6/06/2006 9:56 PM, Anonymous mister said...

"Stop cursing the darkness and light a candle, man."

well said, cloojew

At 6/15/2006 6:48 AM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

Hi. Time for a new post.

At 6/15/2006 10:37 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

as u wish mh

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