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    t h e v o i c e o f j e w i s h w a s h i n g t o n

    january 28, 2011 23 shevat 5771 volume 87, no. 2 $2

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    Please save the Date

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    letters to the editorthe rabbis turn

    Everything is very real its a mystery, but there are vampires, ghosts and werewolves, etc., who play in.

    Librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl, who is speaking at the Jewish Federations Connections event on Sunday, about what shes reading these days.

    Luchot vshivre luchotmenuchim baaron Te

    whole tablets and the broken

    tablets rested inside the Ark

    o the Covenant (Babah

    Batra 14b). Te whole and the

    broken rest together in our

    sacred covenant.

    Tis past week we read in

    our orah portion Yitro about

    the receiving o the en Com-

    mandments. And in a ew

    weeks, we will read in the orah portion Ki

    isa about Moses coming down the moun-

    tain, bringing rom God the tablets. Beore

    the tablets can be given to the people o

    Israel, they become broken, as Moses hurls

    them in his anger as part o his response to

    the building o the golden cal.

    Tis is one o our national low points

    having quickly lost condence in our leader

    and having demanded an idol be built, and

    Moses acting upon his anger to destroy

    that which had been written by God. And

    yet, our tradition teaches us to redeem this

    low point, these broken shards, and to place

    them in our sacred ark with the new, whole,

    unbroken second set o tablets.

    I requently reect on this teaching o

    the broken and whole tablet pieces being

    housed together in the ark. I wonder about

    how the broken tablets made it into the ark.

    Did Moses pick them up himsel, or was he

    too angry or disappointed that he could not

    help collect them? Was there one person or

    a team o people working on it together?

    Did they get cut picking up the shards or

    were they able to collect them without get-

    ting hurt? Were they aware o the sanctity

    amongst these shards?

    One o our greatest challenges today is

    allowing the broken and the whole to live

    peaceully together. I see this problem on

    two dierent levels in the internal and

    the external.

    How do we enable the broken and the

    whole within our souls to coexist? How are

    we kind to the broken bits o our souls?

    How do we give them attention, attend to

    them and see them as a source o growth

    and vision into our souls, rather than run

    away rom them or bury them deep.

    And how do we create sacred commu-

    nities to allow the broken souls and the

    whole souls rest side by side? It is so easy

    to label people who appear dierent as

    broken, overlooking their humanity and

    their wisdom, orgetting they too are cre-

    ated in Gods image, and how our commu-

    nities are richer when they welcome and

    treasure the diversity o our population,

    welcoming all and the gis they bring.

    Te rabbis o the almud understood

    how easy it was to dismisswhat appeared as shards and

    brokenness. R. Yehoshua ben

    Levi cautions his children:

    Be careul regarding how

    you treat an elderly individ-

    ual who has orgotten his

    learning due to an extenu-

    ating circumstance (i.e., old

    age, sickness, accident, strug-

    gle, to make a livelihood, as

    opposed to where his learning may

    have deserted him due to lack o inter-

    est, belie, or regular review). As we

    say, Te ablets as well as the broken

    pieces o the ablets were placed in the

    Ark. (almud Berachot8b andMena-

    chot99b)

    Te arks contents are not complete

    without both, and yet we so oen ool our-

    selves into believing we are complete when

    we cut o or deny the brokenness within

    ourselves, and when we close our com-

    munities to those who seem more broken,

    more in need, than we are.

    Experiencing brokenness does not make

    us less holy, less worthy, less the object o

    Gods love. Our brokenness may enable us

    to reach higher than we ever did beore.

    he almuds discussion o Moses

    broken tablets continues: he broken

    tablets were set at the bottom o the ark,

    and the complete set was arranged right

    on top, the broken set orming a steady

    base, a oundation or the new set.

    Not only are the broken and the whole

    together in the ark, but the broken orm

    the oundation or the new set. hese

    broken tablets may even be allowing the

    new tablets to reach higher than they

    would have on their own, and bring with

    them their own richness and importance.

    Tis teaching o the important roles

    both broken and whole vessels play is

    shared by many cultures. Yose Jacobson

    tells the story o an elderly Chinese woman

    who owned two large pots:

    Each hung on the end o a pole,

    which she carried every day on her

    shoulders to ll with water rom the

    stream located at the end o the vil-

    lage. One o the pots was complete and

    always delivered a ull portion o water;

    the other pot was cracked and arrived

    home each day only hal ull.

    O course, the complete pot was

    proud o its accomplishments. he

    poor cracked pot, o