Saturday, October 29, 2016

Complete Imperfection or Incomplete Perfection?

The goal of this blog is a perfect dinner table discussion. Please share.

perfectsquare27Apologies for not getting this out on Friday. (It was one of those weeks.)

(I think that's only the first or second time in the eight years of this blog that I have missed a deadline.)

In the spirit of yesterday's reboot of our annual Torah cycle, here's a thought from the first chapter of Genesis.

During each stage of of creation, God "saw that it was good."

Fair enough. If I were the sun, moon or stars, or a plant, or one of the fish in the sea, or an animal, I would probably be quite satisfied with that divine approval.

But there are a couple exceptions to all these warm-fuzzies.

Notably: humanity.

God does not see that it was good to create us.

Question for your table: Why not???
 
I suppose the more basic question is, what does it mean, "that it was good"?

Some say that "good" here means "complete."

The reason humanity is not judged as "good" is because we were not made complete.

We were made imperfect so that we could complete - perfect - ourselves.

Now that we've launched the new year with the new Torah cycle, there is no better time than to ask:

What am I doing this week to complete myself?

Shavua Tov - may you have a perfect week.


PS - Can you guess how many days to Channuka?

 
When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.
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When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.
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