Sunday, July 18, 2004

Conversation from last night, translated roughly from Hebrew, illuminating one of the many unique perspectives I meet here.
--The most challenging thing is staying the same.  To change, to decide to do things differently, is easy.  For example, imagine you are driving, and come to a street you wish to turn onto,  and see a DO NOT ENTER sign. What is the easiest thing to do?
I wait for him to continue and respond to his own question
--Of course the easiest thing to do is to turn onto the street and drive the wrong way anyway, because it is more convenient.
ME: But that's dangerous.
--Exactly! Just so, it is dangerous to change the oral Torah, to go against it when it is not convenient to you


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