I wanted to share a “symphony moment” with you.
I went to the eye doctor last week, and was schmoozing with the receptionist.
She told me that they have patients from all over the Jewish community.
And we started playing Jewish geography.
“You may know this one and that one”.
Then she said, ‘You know who are the most special people?
“So and so”. “And so and so”.
I happen to know both of them. Two sisters and their families.
And I agree with her assessment.
… I knew what the great Rabbis that I look up to would do.
The Rabbis who spend their whole day studying Torah or helping other people.
And are a million times busier than I am.
They would turn this experience into a symphony!
By telling their parents what the receptionist said about their kids.
So I made a point of going to a synagogue where I knew I would find their father.
I went over and asked if I could give him some “nachas”.
(Pleasure is a very poor translation!)
He was willing to listen!
I told him, “Just yesterday, this is what someone said about your two daughters”.
His smile reminded me of a famous verse in the Torah.
‘Let there be light!”
And I came very close to crying.
… Why such a big smile?
Because he’s a Jewish father!
But there’s a reason that it was a “Let there be light” smile.
… He’s a Holocaust survivor!
His family is a triumph over the Nazis.
And a reflection of the greatness of the Jewish people!
… It’s one of the reasons I decided to have a discussion about Albert Einstein’s letter.
Einstein was one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.
But he spoke about two things that were beyond his area of expertise.
Two things that, as you probably know by now, I’m pretty big on!
The first is the Jewish People.
“The Jewish People… have no different quality for me than all other people.”
With all respect?
Every Holocaust survivor who rebuilt their life and raised good kids?
“The second is the Torah.
The Bible is a collection of… primitive legends… pretty childish.”
Please join me next Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 pm at the CTN Center, 2832 West Touhy.
“Einstein, Torah and the Big Bang”.
We’ll explore one of the most amazing “Bible legends”.
And see how much we can learn from one little story.
See how learning Torah can be uplifting and even fun.
Enjoy analyzing the text.
Learn lessons that will make you a better person. Values to transmit to your kids.
Insights into Jewish philosophy. And Jewish spirituality.
And even insights into the Big Bang!
(I’m serious. You’ll see!)
… You can decide whether the story is “childish.”
Please click here to register. www.torahnetwork.org/register.htm
I hope to see you!
All the best,