Just a quick comment about the necessity for both spirituality and intellect, and the point where they intersect — which is in the things we do to make the world a better place.
You can call it whatever you want — tikkun olam (healing the world), tzedakah (justice), philanthropy, social action, or charity — but in the simplest terms, it’s the part of us that combines the best of our spiritual nature and intellectual drive.
And THIS is where God comes in. That search for our higher self, the yearning to be better than we are, to make the world a better place for everyone, that spark within us that makes us human, that’s God.
And yes, I’m starting to wax poetic myself, but my excuse is all the High Holiday prep (by the way, why in the world did I agree to read two Torah portions on Yom Kippur morning on top of everything else?!) and my complete immersion in the machzor (High Holiday prayer book). I’ll be my normal self in a week or two.
In the meantime, here’s another cute cartoon that appeals to the fundraiser side of me:
SRQ Jew said:
Gee Joe and George, you’re a tough crowd.
You don’t know each other, but you’re from the same generation — i.e. the guys who learned all this stuff as kids, and remember what it’s like to spend 4-6 hours in a single High Holiday service, standing much of the time.
I guess whiners like me (our longest service was 3 hours and a lot of that was Torah discussion) don’t get much sympathy from old pros like you two!
G’mar chatimah tova to both of you!
Roscoe George said:
And what is so difficult about Maftir Jonah?
Joe Floersheimer said:
Stop complaining. You could be saying the Haftorah for Mincha.