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Hope all is well.
A friend sent this to me and I thought it was great.
Since I didn’t write it?
You may need an extra 10-12 seconds to read it!
All the best,
Why is Jewish Law so Petty Minded?
By Aron Moss
Why does the Jewish religion seem to obsess over insignificant details?
How much matza do we have to eat?
Which spoon did I use for milk and which for meat?
What is the right way to tie my shoelaces?
It seems to me that this misses the bigger picture by focusing on minutiae.
Is this nitpicking what Jews call spirituality?
(I actually already sent you this question over a week ago and didn’t
receive a reply. Could it be that you have finally been asked a question
that you can’t answer?!)
I never claimed to have all the answers.
There are many questions that are beyond me.
But it happens to be that I sent a reply immediately.
The fact that you didn’t receive it is itself the answer to your question.
You see, I sent you a reply, but I wrote your email address leaving out
the “dot” before the “com.”
I figured that you should still receive the email, because after all, it is only one
little dot missing.
I mean – come on!
It’s not as if I wrote the wrong name or something drastic like that!
Would anyone be so nitpicky as to differentiate between “yahoocom” and
Isn’t it a bit ridiculous that you didn’t get my email just because of a little dot?
No, it’s not ridiculous.
Because the dot is not just a dot.
It represents something.
That dot has meaning far beyond the pixels on the screen that form it.
To me it may seem insignificant, but that is simply due to my ignorance of the
ways of the Internet.
All I know is that with the dot, the message gets to the right destination;
The message is lost to oblivion.
… Jewish practices have infinite depth.
Each nuance and detail contains a world of symbolism.
And every dot counts.
When they are performed with precision, a spiritual vibration is emailed throughout the universe.
All the way to G-d’s inbox.
… If you want to understand the symbolism of the dot, study I.T.
If you want to understand the symbolism of Judaism, study it.