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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Link, the Cog and the Repair Man

Everyone in this world has a purpose.

Oh Thank G-d! Despair has been thwarted, meaningless rendered empty, and all is good and productive and with purpose.

Purpose of grand palace of mammoth proportions adorned with an excess of statuary and urns may be to shade a single tzadik for an hour or two. So.... I'm not a tzadik so does that mean I built the palace?

What if... What if we're simply a link, a intermediary, another living breathing body to get from one generation to the next. Some name in the list of generations from Great Person who Saved the world to the next Great One. Well, hey, even Gedolim have to have parents and grandparents and even great-aunts for that matter.

Or maybe we're a cog as the world ticks toward its final end game, turning neatly in our place to keep the whole machinery going. All chugging nicely along toward the end of the world together. Doing our little part in this Universe.

Or maybe our part is not some cog, but to mop up after the ones who've gone before. Seriously, Adam almost got it right. Yosef nearly brought the geulah. Hezekiyahu faltered in last stage of the game, and I shudder to think how close Bar Kochva must have gotten before he failed. So we tinker with this huge edifice of law and history left to us and try to finally get it working and get this world into some semblance of order... Right, anyone have the schematics for this thing?

Or maybe we're none of the above.

Maybe we're just children, who are still learning the rules with a sort of eager earnestness, trying to become better, trying to understand what we did wrong. Confused and searching, we wander through trying to achieve an end we don't entirely understand. Hashem walking with us all the while, gently or sometimes not so gently molding our world
Ya'air Hashem panav v'yechu'necha.
to enlighten us and educate us, to prepare us for that which we were created.
but of all the choices the Torah says....
Banim atem L'Hashem Elokeicha
You are children to Hashem your G-d.
So much for links and cogs and repair men.


  • Masmida, I love this one. I'm somewhat new here, and I really enjoy your take on things and the curiosity you have to understand Hashem's world. Take advantage of the opportunity you have to reflect now... Hatzlacha.

    By Blogger SS, at 8:56 AM, January 19, 2006  

  • Our purpose cannot possibly be to clean up after the ones who came before us because there is no time for G-d. For G-d somewhere right now we are being taken out of Egypt, and in His eyes at that same moment you are reading this. We cannot have our purpose be to fix something that is happening as we speak. It wouldn't work.
    Maybe our purpose can never be seen or known but maybe we don't need to understand what it is to fullfill it. Maybe if we just live our lives according to the guidlines He made for us we will find our purpose or end up accidentaly fullfilling it.

    By Blogger araya(uh-ray-uh), at 9:45 AM, January 19, 2006  

  • SS-
    thank you. feel free to stopby.


    Consider the concept of Tikkun. What is that except repairing the errors and omissions of our forefathers. Think of it as a puzzle or a painting, G-d sees the sum, the finished product however that doesn't mean each piece was set in place at the same time.

    By Blogger Masmida, at 12:35 PM, January 19, 2006  

  • But that is all seeing it from our eyes. For G-d it is all at the same time, there is no before or after or then and now. It's all one. In our eyes we may try to fix things and make up for it but that is all just because we need to try to do that to figure out the shape of our puzzle peice. It is not our purpose to fix those things, just the path we need to find our purpose.

    By Blogger araya(uh-ray-uh), at 3:51 PM, January 19, 2006  

  • It was written tounge in cheek. We all learn from our history, from past mistakes.

    or ideally we should.

    Come on, if every generation which the Temple is not rebuilt in, it as if it was destroyed in that generation. for the same reasons that the origional and failings that the origional one was destroyed with.

    if that is not a repair job, what is?

    By Blogger Masmida, at 9:58 PM, January 19, 2006  

  • It's all a matter of time and since there is such a seperation in that aspect between us and G-d, there must be a huge seperation between our purpose and how we find it. Or what we need to do to get there.
    Maybe all the time related things just help us get there but aren't the point.
    I think I might be repeating myself. sorry.

    By Blogger araya(uh-ray-uh), at 9:30 AM, January 20, 2006  

  • I think I don't I understand-
    Do you mean time bound mitzvot?
    Or gaining a deeper understanding of our purpose as we grow?

    What I was exploring in this post was the attitude that we take to our lives. How we think or ourselves. There is a world of difference between the relationship of a driver to the cog in the drive train and that of a kind father to a child.

    The attitude we take often dominates the way and willingness with which we follow G-d's guidelines.

    By Blogger Masmida, at 7:20 PM, January 21, 2006  

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