What swimming is really all about.

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(6) Aliza, August 21, 2009 3:54 PM

This comparison reminds me of saying today that is quite common. Go with the flow. Having expierienced some instances where I was, along with many others, the victim of a bullies, I was faced with a decision to go wtih the flow, and take that horrid abuse, or stand up for myself. Though greatly outnumbered, I stood up to them and they never bothered me, or the other people they were bothering agian. Today, Jews especially, need to learn how to go against the flow.

(5) Grace Fishenfeld, August 20, 2009 4:04 AM

With the right foot

Courage is what we are talking about. Fathers and mothers can offer their children stories about people who have taken the path less traveled and inspire confidence. Their grandparents who took a great chance and left their families to set sail to come to America inspire respect and gratitude. We teach our children that they have it within themselves to make their unique mark. We Jewish people have one God who has provided us with the ability to make choices and so we can experience the adventure of making a life on earth.

(4) RR, August 19, 2009 12:44 AM

Mothers need to teach their daughters to swim !

Beautiful commentarty on swimming I just want to add the urgency for all mothers to make sure their daughters know how to swim before they get married. I am Baruch Hashem mariried and zoche to go to Mikva and you can't imagine the anxiety I have all week before going to Mikva because of my water phobia. I'm told there are many married women struggling with this. I beg anyone who reads this e-mail, if you know a girl out there that doesn't know how to swim, please make the mother aware of this . When my kids were about 6 years old I noticed them sticking their heads in the bathtub water, I made sure to give them swimming lessons that summer before there was any chances of any water phobias developing. Prevention iis the best cure!

(3) Avi, August 18, 2009 10:11 PM

Swimming against the tide

Kvod harav obviously never swam against a real tide, as in a rapidly-flowing river. It is a futile impossibility. I know because I tried it.

(2) Rosen, August 18, 2009 8:25 PM


I've also heard in my synagogue that we are almost always fighting the current by going up the escalator the opposing way, where there doesn't really seem to be any time to relax. Therefore, we have to keep on top of our obligations in life and make sure everything is covered and settled before we can have some time to relax...As for the health care reform and debates going across the US, it's saddening to see that in the town halls when people speak out, they apparently want their health care the way it is with no "government takeover." That's too bad, because health care can be extremely expensive with private insurers, whereas if there were a public option, there would be more competitive prices in order to slash health care costs down to size. This current of status quo must be fought against, because those who either provide or deny coverage will in the end have to answer to their Creator whether they conducted their businesses ethically as well as whether they helped aid and heal the poor and the sick.

(1) ruth housman, August 18, 2009 6:34 PM

in the swim

A beautiful commentary. I remind you, that what's "current" is also, the current, meaning we're all in the River and that is the grand metaphor for life itself. I just came out of the pool here in Marshfield, so I am dripping as I write. But no matter. I am cool. I so totally agree with this beautiful commentary. In deep ways I am personally going against the tide, and for me, it's been a long time sailing alone. I have a story to tell and I am doing it with "letters" of all kinds. Life being the river that flows from the SOURCE, well that river has tributaries, and what do they pay tribute to? I am saying this story has everything to do with swimming, and in FISH itself, as in AISH, there is an echo of that English word and of ISH of course, and ISHA. in truth/ruth


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