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Sparks, By Rabbi David Aaron

Getting the Divine View on You

How to make worlds of a difference

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the picture of the LORD shall he view

(Numbers/BaMidbar 12:6-8)

Several years ago, I gave my kids Cheerios for breakfast. It said on the front of the Cheerios box that on the back of this box is a three-dimensional Cheerios bumblebee. So I looked at the back of the box and saw a distorted, blurry thing. Have you ever looked at a 3-D book without the goggles? You see a mishmash of misprinted, distorted images. There were no goggles inside the box of Cheerios, but the instructions on the back said to put the picture up to your nose and slowly move it away from your face. Well, I was sitting there waiting for the kids to finish breakfast, so I figured, why not? I put the box up to my nose and slowly moved it away from my face. I didn’t get it right. So I put the box up to my nose again, and slowly moved it away. I noticed one of my daughters kicking her sister under the table, like, “Daddy’s gone crazy! We knew he was studying Kabbalah or something, but this is crazy. Why doesn't he just eat the Cheerios instead of trying to stuff the box into his nose?”

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Tastings Of Torah - By Rav Binny Freedman

We all love getting those cute 3 minute videos during the day that give us a laugh or a smile. Recently, someone sent me a clip that really got me thinking. It’s a video of a fellow giving his (I assume) two sons a challenge: they have four minutes to call the number he has written down… using an old rotary phone.

Their comical and unsuccessful attempts to figure out how to use the phone were also instructive. At one point, realizing that turning the dial round was not actually accomplishing anything, one of them realizes they need to ‘turn the phone on’, so he lifts the receiver and puts it back down with a triumphant look! And through-out the video as they figure out how to use the rotary-dial, they continuously miss the detail that makes it all irrelevant: they keep putting the receiver back down….

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