Sunday, April 06, 2008

Not on the same planet

Our rabbi, who's a part-time employee, was complaining that there was so much Torah to learn that he'd never have time to learn all of it before he died. Being the mild-mannered young lady that I am (ahem), I said to him, "What are you talking about? Everyone else at this table is employed full-time." The obvious, which is that the others who were sitting at the table had even less time to study than he had, and might find his comment rather thoughtless, didn't seem to have occurred to him. Sorry, but there comes a point at which cluelessness can be downright offensive. Can you tell that I was quite annoyed? I later told some of the same fine folks that our rabbi (who's well past 30) thinks he's still in yeshiva.


Blogger Jack Steiner said...

"Well past 30."

I am sorry to say that I fit into that category. ;)

Tue Apr 08, 05:17:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Likewise, I'm sure. :)

Tue Apr 08, 05:49:00 PM 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shalom Shira.

Sorry, I don't see the problem here. Why isn't his desire and inspiration to all of us to think that this is even more true for us?

The crown of a Jewish community is a Torah scholar or scholars immersed in the pursuit of Hashem's truth and setting the example for all to emulate to whatever extent they can.

What am I missing here?

Wed Apr 09, 01:30:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Mordechai, I guess I saw his statement as thoughtless showing off, at the time. Obviously, full-timeers don't as much time to study as part-timers do. But you may be right: Perhaps I need to adjust my attitude.

Wed Apr 09, 03:17:00 PM 2008  

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