613 Obstacles to Individuality

Doesn't adherence to Jewish Law make us all clones?

Comments (8)

(8) Rosen, August 11, 2008 5:40 AM

the Jewish soul

The Jewish soul, aka neshema, is always there for a Jew. It boils down to virtually everything he/she feel and everything he/she is. I often feel different from others, both Jews and non-Jews, and I feel that it is important that all Jews are responsible for one another. It would be ideal if that responsibility was unconditional, given everyone's individuality.

(7) Chavah, August 6, 2008 10:26 PM


I've had the pleasure of hearing Rabbi Becher speak on more than one occasion in person and am so pleased the wider world gets to hear his thought provoking, entertaining, and inspirational lectures on Aish. This was a wonderful presentation and look forward to hearing more from the wonderful Rabbi

(6) Dvirah, August 5, 2008 8:50 AM

Are Civil-Law Abiding Citizens Also Clones?

With respect, this question really seems to me to be ridiculous. Every community/state/country has laws. Does this mean that all the members of the community or citizens of the state/country are clones if they all comply with that community's/state's/country's laws?

(5) Ruth Housman, August 5, 2008 5:46 AM

in STRUM ments

Well said! On the deepest level one could say we are all of us instruments of the divine, playing in a divine symphony and that this is the creation. This symphony has a conductor. We are each different and yet, the same, meaning we all belong to the family of man. To perceive what you are saying is to understand that within what might appear to be uniformity is creativity and that it is our very stories, our very beings, that creates the differences that are beautiful, that arre sensitive, that bring our instruments, our voices, this play, forward.

Life is metaphoric and these connects are universal and universally, beautiful.

With thanks!

(4) Catherine, August 4, 2008 2:49 PM

Very well said just beautiful!!

THese are the kind of talks just beautiful uplifting that make us want to convert to Judaism more quickly!!
I could listen for hours to you Rabbi Mordechai Becher!!
Just perfectly said!!

(3) Michal Batya, August 3, 2008 2:22 PM

You answered a question I really had!

Thank you, Rabbi Bechhofer, for telling me that. (I saw a little uniformism...)
But now, as you explain it, that the individuality is on a deeper level, I understand it (and like it the way it is.)

(2) Mark Douglas Obenour, August 3, 2008 10:06 AM

Baskin Robbins only has 31 flavors...

Each person putting a different flavor or interpretation (as pertains to music) on each law. Just as Iron sharpens Iron our sharing our different
flavors or interpretations help us to understand and grow in knowledge and observance of the Commandments. Baskin Robbins only has 31 flavors we have 613 to try!

(1) Adara, August 3, 2008 9:35 AM

Rabbi Becher is fantastic

I always love what Rabbi Becher has to say. He makes Torah Judaism much more accessible and, I don't mean this as an insult at all, but much more "normal" for those of us who have grown up secular. And he's spot on with this video: kiddish can be quite different for different people, yet the essence remains the same. I look forward to hearing more from you, Rabbi.


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