Rabbi Shalom Lewis's blog
Forgive me this thought, but imagine if aliens landed on Earth and somehow ended up in the audience of the Jerry Springer Show.
Everlasting Love (of Israel!)
Keeping It Clean - June 19, 2014
The Magical Number of 10 - June 12, 2014
The Evolution of Ritual - June 02, 2014
The old hackneyed observation that Jews say goodbye and never leave and that gentiles leave and never say goodbye has become a part of our gentle, self-mockery. Linguistically the identical word shalom, as we all know, means both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, humorously defining us as a people who don’t know if we are coming or going. Further- more, a mezuzah greets us with a kiss and bids us farewell with a kiss. Again, entrance and departure a confusing, imprecise symmetry. I wonder if the revolving door is a Jewish invention. Just a thought.
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