Jew: A noun rather than an adjective. Many of the appellations attached to “Jew” seem to serve very little purpose other than dividing our people. A Jew is a Jew is a Jew. It’s rather simple even for the extreme literalists among us.
It is very easy to become discouraged when we fail to view things in a panoramic way. The failures of yesteryear, coupled with the colossal blowing of it today, can be overwhelming causing our minds to play tricks on us. It is easy to think we may never get it right. Ever been there?
I realize the mere mention of the name, Bernie Madoff, stirs emotions and arouses suspicions. Be it so! As I’ve shared before, I reached out to Madoff where he is currently incarcerated. I did not expect to nor did I receive a response from him. Some things are rather predictable. His lack of a response would fall into that category.
Though a Sefer Torah is composed of hundreds of thousands of individual letters, each set apart from the other, they equal one Torah. The Torah is only kosher and complete when not a single letter is missing thus making the Torah whole.
I will be the first to admit I am not always the most patient person. There are times that giving the “benefit of the doubt” is not the first thought that comes to mind when I feel offended or angry. There are times I have such awful thoughts in response to injustice, abuse, and other things that I dare not utter them lest they make G-d want to drink Jack Daniels straight from the bottle. (For my literalistic readers please understand this an overstated example and I hope you get the point.) I am sure there are many others, though they may not admit it, who have the same thoughts I have.