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Shavuot: Standing at Sinai

Transcending the pettiness that divides us.

Published: May 23, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 22

(22) Anonymous, May 31, 2009 6:16 PM

Mrs. Palatnik, you're correct again

I agree with you but maybe I don't practice what I preach. As much as I say it shouldn't or doesn't bother me or affect me, when I see a guy with this type of kipa or that type, I assume yeshivish or tzioni. I try not to but it divides us sort of. I love em both (I hope) but I still see my bros. as different. Maybe there's nothing wrong with that but the key is to remember to love them. Only our enemies know how to unite us, they don't see religious or secular, they see one thing: A JEW. Good luck in loving your fellows, there's only a fraction of a percent of us, if you don't like your bros and sis's, who will?

(21) Chris, May 29, 2009 8:41 PM

Thanks Lori - love you insights.

A friend from high school whom I caught up with on Facebook turned me on to your blog and Aish. (Actually, I already used Aish for info for my Hebrew School class.) He was born and raised Jewish, I converted. I love listening to your commentary every week, makes me feel good. Good Shabbos.

(20) ruth housman, May 29, 2009 12:56 PM

a slice of apple "pi"

Hi, your example of people bristling over the same greeting, in two languages certainly seems ridiculous and not about the underlying positivity of greeting. I think you are still a "personal trainer" and a luminous one, at that. We are one, and we are, separate. It's the central dilemma of all life, meaning unity in diversity. We need diversity, we need the fire, and perhaps the world was constructed in this way, for the dialogue and the morality discussions that are about what's essential, what we need to keep, and what we can surely, toss. We took a bite of the "apple" in the Garden, and now we are experiencing a lot of sound bytes, both "sound", being meaningful, and also dissonant, another kind of "sounding off". What's important is this: LOVE, compassionate care, and this is the way we should be going around the world. Let's go global with LOVE and make it GLOW BALL! We are all of us players. We can make it sing.

(19) Miriam, May 27, 2009 8:19 AM

Fabulous! Thank you!

(18) Rochelle, May 27, 2009 6:15 AM

The voice of reason, I liked that! Thanks and gut/good/yom tov/chag sameyach!!! enjoy them all...

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