Are You a Circle or Line?

Which one do you focus on: the destination or the journey?

Are You a Circle or Line?

Are You a Circle or Line?

Comments (18)

(15) Anonymous, July 22, 2021 8:20 PM

Great video presentation with important messages

I really enjoy watching Rabbi Moshe Friedman’s Videos. They are a very professional production which make them entertaining to watch, but most importantly, they contain very important messages to help improve ourselves and the society with in which we live. Thank you

(14) Harry Pearle, July 10, 2020 11:39 PM

Permission to Use Poem? Thanks

Again, Rabbi Friedman, I wonder if it is OK to reprint your great poem.

I am wrestling with writings about how to improve student learning and
motivation. If we can look at in depth learning as a SPIRAL, it may help.

Hope to hear back from you. THANKS H

(13) Penina Sarah, July 9, 2020 7:16 AM

I think I am both---then I must be a wavy line!

I am driven about my goals, but not focused like some of my friends are, and I have to take many detours to include all that I have to take care of and assist with along the way---I am very inclusive and that is one of my goals.

(12) Dorene Schwartz-Weitz, July 8, 2020 10:47 PM

That's a 10

Achieving a line and a circle is a 10.

(11) sandra farley, July 8, 2020 5:42 PM

circle or line

as a child I drew circles all over my school pee chee folders, I will watch video again, thank you shaloam

(10) Dr Colin Thompson, July 7, 2020 3:18 PM

Excellent video

Great content....

(9) Anonymous, July 6, 2020 4:54 PM

great book on this topic

This video reminds me of a great book Circle, Arrow, Spiral, Exploring Gender in Judaism by Miriam Kosman. She calls the line/arrow the male force and the circle the female force. all men and all women have both. the spiral is the combination of the two and the ideal in judaism. for example shabbat is a feminine cirlce where you enter into a state of being and the six days of the week are male arrows of doing and accomplishing. The spiral is the combination of both.

(8) Anonymous, July 6, 2020 1:48 PM

Good advise

Well put

(7) Anonymous, July 6, 2020 1:24 PM


Love your vidoes there always amazimg and great. Love the ryhme and the lesson behind it. Thank you!

(6) Alexandra, July 5, 2020 9:24 PM

Beautiful video, todah rabah

(5) Barbara Eldred, July 5, 2020 9:21 PM

Wonderful wisdom!!!!

I really value the Jewish way of looking at things and issues. Thank you for the succinct gems you offer so often.

(4) Anonymous, July 5, 2020 8:34 PM

Very powerful message. Beautifully presented.
I just do not understand how a circle and line can form a spiral.
I definitely understand how one must integrate a circle and a line. It sort of reminds me that you have to have the trait of chessed (kindness)with judgment For perfection you can't have one without the other.

(3) Anonymous, July 5, 2020 6:20 PM

are you a circle or a line?

Wise, and gave me justification for not being a line.

(2) Dvirah, July 5, 2020 4:51 PM

Be a Trapezoid

Trapezoids change shape while retaining their more intrinsic properties. Thus a trapeziod is flexible while keeping its integrity - making it a good metafor for Judaism. Externally Jews and Jewish culture (traditions, cuisine, etc.) have been influenced by and thus resemble the gentile culture in which they were immersed. Inwardly they retain their essential Torah identity as enshrined in Halacha and easily recognize each other, regardless of outward "shape".

Nancy, July 7, 2020 10:18 AM

To commenter #2 Dvirah

I LOVE your perspective on this video! I also thought this video was very poignant. May you, all the aish commenters and contributors stay safe and healthy.

Dvirah, July 17, 2020 6:41 AM

Thank You!

Thank you!

(1) Harry Pearle, July 5, 2020 3:32 PM

MIND - SPRING Idea? (Can We Use the Words of this Great Poem?)

Rabbi Friedman, I don't know how to contact you, directly, but let me thank you
for the very interesting MOTIVATIONAL idea.

It reminds me of a SPRING.
When you stretch a spring, you can see how it is CIRCULAR and LINEAR.
I call it the MiND - SPRING idea, which may be helpful in schools, for example.

Is it OK for me to use your poem, in my writings on student motivation? Much thanks H

Harry Pearle, July 5, 2020 6:34 PM

What about TEFILLIN to remind us of both CIRCLE and LINE?

You have me thinking, again.

When we put TEFILLIN on the weaker arm, there is a winding strap and the arm.
Perhaps this can help to remind of us of both the CIRCLE (spiral) and the LINE.

The weaker arm can also encourage us to PERSIST, because the weaker arm,
requires more REPETITION and PATIENCE. If we become too impatient,
we may DEFEAT ourselves and others. THANKS H


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