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The Systems of the Jewish Year

"Rainbow -Beautiful or a Curse?" - Comments

1 Rabbi Daniel Levy on 2007 10 11

This is a really beautifull piece. I have an auf ruff this Shabat so it ties in so nicely to the theme of individuality of chatan and kallah but also their unity in marriage.
Shabbat Shalom,
Leeds UK

2 Mark on 2007 10 12

This is a beautiful piece. The only difficulty is defining unity. Unity unfortunately for many people is defined as everyone else agreeing with me. How do we embrace difference in Judaism? What are the borders of difference that we would still “allow” someone to be part of the unified whole? Even unity has its limits--it is an often stated principle yet rarely explained in depth. Would the Lubavitcher Rebbe or Rav Soloveitchik (if they were alive) be allowed to give a shiur in Lakewood or in the Mir? not likely. Does that mean that Lakewood and the Mir are contributing to disunity? I don’t know. Parameters and definitions are essential. So I ask you, what does unity mean?

3 Tzvi on 2007 10 12

Specific scenarios aside (because this is not a perfect world) wouldn’t halacha be a good guide to who’s to be included? I guess then you would have to decide what’s halacha, but it’s a good starting point.

4 Mark on 2007 10 12

You anticipated my response! Halacha is and the parameters of it is interpreted differently within the Orthodox world.

5 Menachem Carroll on 2007 10 14

Beautiful piece.  It makes me think of the mitzvah of the 4 species which we recently performed. As the four species all come together to perform a beautifal mitzvah, so too the different bands of color all need to come together to produce a beautiful rainbow.

Menachem Carroll
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.

6 David Kunkel on 2007 10 15

I believe you may wish to substitute a word in the sentence “Light starts out as a single monocular ray.”

“Monocular” refers to “one eye”. I think the word you want is “monochromatic”, which means “one color”.

Thank you for an insightful drosh!

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