Dedicated to Yaakov ben Ora Belka, may he have a speedy recovery.
This guy brings a small bottle of milk to the yeshiva to enjoy with his coffee. He puts a note on it: “Enjoy this milk, but please do not use last quarter-inch.”
When he goes for his 11 am coffee, to his dismay he finds the bottle empty.
The next day, he makes a larger note, so it will be crystal-clear.
Same thing happens – someone finishes the milk.
The third day, he tries a different note: “You may enjoy this milk but not the last quarter-inch – doing so constitutes geneiva (theft).”
Guess what happens? At 11 am the bottle is empty!
The fourth day, he tries an entirely different tactic. He puts a note on the bottle: “CHALAV STAM” (unsupervised milk).
Guess what happens?
At 11 am, he finds the bottle full.
Some of us are more careful about what we put into our mouths than what comes out of our mouths, or how we treat others.
If you keep kosher and dress and act religious but knowingly gossip or cheat or steal, you are a fraud.
On the other hand, if you don’t keep kosher but never asked what that means, then you are not living up to your potential.
Here is a short video about the Land of Milk and Honey:
Here is Ambassador Yoram Ettinger speaking plainly about reality in the Land of Israel:
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