Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Positive Dot.

The dark pavements are loaded with overstuffed garbage bags, the old sheimos has been brought to shul, and the paper-covered cupboards have been stocked up with a lifetime supply of kosher-for-passover nosh, crisps and chocolate. You can't find any trace of chamets in the entire house, and the matzas have just been picked up from the matzas bakery. As a yeshivaboy I remember one of the mashgichim getting up, walking humbly (?) towards the large wooden shtender and delivering this speach:

All breads, bagels, cookies and pretzels aren't to be eaten during these 7 holy days. Your double whopper will have to be enjoyed between two hard and crispy matzas. The difference between matza and chamets is very small. Actually, they only differ by a small dot. The Hebrew word matza is spelled mem, tsadik, ches. Chamets is spelled with a mem, tsadik and a hey. The dissimularity is just a small dot. One single dot changes the matzah into chamets, the good into evil. Bochurim! One can change from a true ben torah into the biggest ausvurf, resulting from a dot. You all should never be too sure of yourselves. thinking that you will be good forever. Work, work and keep on working, or you will stray and fall back. Fall behind, into the bottomless pit. Once you are so deep down, all hope is most definately lost. Boys, watch out and take care! One small sin can change you all from holy matzah into bad chomets, forever. Every step that you take, think it over first. One wrong step and you might be totally lost. You are all a bunch of fools, exchanging life with death, and that just for a plain dot. Remember the power of a single sin.

Now here is my version;

Kids, the difference between chamets, symbolising evil and matza, symbolising good, is just a small dot! Even though our young hands are dirty with sin, even though it seems that all hope is indeed lost, don't worry. Don't worry, all we need is a small dot. Even though we feel like a piece of chamets, please remember; the nice and good matzah is just a tiny dot away. We have strayed, wa have been there, we have done that. We where lost, lost in the dark woods of this mad, mad world. We where drunk, drunk with the pleasures of this sick, sick world. Remember! It isn't in high heavens, it isn't accros the long ocean. It is just a mere dot. Even though we sunk, still let us swim back up, a dot at a time. There is always hope, there is never a too late. Please, please don't forget, a dot can change us from chamets into matzah. The good person we all want to be, is afterall, only a dot a way.

Hope you have a nice and inspiring Yom Tov.


  • Beautifully done

    Reshuyim needmah lehem kcheet shel machete. The Talmud explains in the world to come the people who couldn’t over come their temptations to sin will come to realize that it was nothing to over come… I guess they are talking about that same very dot YOU were talking.

    Also A Chussid

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:58:00 AM  

  • that was pure chassidus. beautiful.

    By Blogger for now its just m., at Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:36:00 AM  

  • Loved the post. As usual!

    Focusing on the positive, giving hope...good points, points that are so important to keep in mind...around kids and non-kids alike!

    By Blogger Stx, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 7:23:00 AM  

  • "Once you are so deep down, all hope is most definately lost."

    I don't get it. This mashgiach never learned mesillas yeshorim? He never learned hilchos teshuvoh? In any case your version is better.

    By Blogger Cosmic X, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:16:00 AM  

  • Good 4 you bro! Did u let that rabbi know ur version? I think you should. (respectfully of course ;)) Would give him something to think about!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:07:00 PM  

  • nice.

    By Blogger kishmech, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:17:00 PM  

  • "KOL HAKOVOD" Well spoken, I honestly think you should get involved in Kirruv or some thing, I think you can achieve a lot.

    By Blogger Joe, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:56:00 PM  

  • Inspiring, thanx for that.
    Have a Pesach Kasher V'sameach!

    By Anonymous itsallgood, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:10:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Frummer?????, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:19:00 PM  

  • The point you make (positive vs. negative) is a good one, but the rest of your point isn't.

    Compare the sin your Mashgiach spoke about to a tiny hole in a lifejacket. It will lose its buoyancy and you will sink. Now swap your mitzvah with a tiny puff of air in an empty jacket. It will do absolutely nothing and will remain at the bottom of the ocean.

    Staying afloat is always harder than sinking, and I’m sorry to say your Mashgiachs’ “negative” point was correct.

    By Blogger Frummer?????, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:22:00 PM  

  • Cosmic, I always new; tha rotten Masgiach was no good.

    Frummer, Indeed. But, the reason why a sin is '...a tiny hole in a lifejacket. It will lose its buoyancy and you will sink.' is because one sin leads to another. Aveiro goreres Aveiro.

    Well, for the same counts a Mitzvah. One Mitzva will lead to another. Mitzvah goreres Mitzvah.

    Is it then fair to compare the sin to a whole in a life jacket that will drown you and the mitzvah to a tiny puff of air? Your whole comparison is unreal, do you agree?

    Besides, there is a very common quote spread out over the Rishoinim, Acharoinim, Poskim and Seforim; Midoh Toivo Meruboh. Any good thing has 40 times the power of a bad thing. If the punishment for an aveiro is poorness, the reward for the mitsva will be great great wealth. The power of a mitzvah is fourty times the power of a sin...


    By Blogger yingele, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:18:00 PM  

  • Yingele:

    My comparison was correct, a tiny hole and a tiny puff of air. Tiny hole = huge problem. Tiny puff = waste of time.

    Whatever you say about the power of good, sliding down is much easier than climbing up. Indeed thats exactly why we are told that good is better than bad. We need all the encouragement we can get to climb higher.

    Sliding down a slippery side is easy. Wooooosh! and you're down. Try climbing up the same slide. Its much harder. You need the best equipment you can get.

    By Blogger Frummer?????, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:48:00 PM  

  • Very nice post, You keep on getting better each time ying.

    Ying it is brought down some where that nevichadnezer had to be stopped from taking a 3rd step for the koved of god, because if he would have taken it; his effert would have been worth more then the whole of thillim, so remember that sincerity counts for more then any thing, no difference how bad others perceive you to be or how bad you perceive yourself to be; u are still a worm child of god, the main thing is sincerity, god love nothing better then a luv nishber and one little action in abstract can be enough to not only get the jacket to the top of the water but even enough to make it act as a hot air balloon.

    Frummer I take issue over this whole slippery slope fear, I think it is just part of the brainwash of the system, got to much to say on it and got to go.

    By Blogger LostSpirit, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:30:00 PM  

  • Thank you lost. I don't think you are so lost after all...

    Frummer, I take off my boxing gloves.

    But, you know that famous posuk/song loy bashomayin hu, loy meever hayom, rak peficho uvilvovcho laasoso? The Ramban sais it goes on Teshuva. Repentance is very close. Literraly in our harts, and behind our lips.

    You made me ask a valid question; We clearly see, that slippin' down is ever so easy. After 120 I'll come up and God will instruct me; "Yingele! You must go straight to the burnin' coals." Frummer, you know what I'll reply? God, if my Yetzer Hora is 80% strong and the Yetzer Tov is only 30%... And you are going to send me to hell?! Isn't it normal for one to follow the strongest desire?

    Well, actually, the derech Hashem asked it already. Long time before me. Due to this strong question, he states clearly that we are forced to say that the Yetzer Hora is as strong as the Yetzer Tov. Both are relative, but both stay 50%. By one both might be 250%, by another only 10%. Nevertheless, they must be equal, or all Bechira is lost. With bechira down the drain, goes reward-punishment with it. With reward-punishment down the drain, goes the whole purpose of creation down with it...

    So, dear Frummer, you will ask; "We all clearly see that it's easyer to sin then to do a mitzvah"...

    it is just part of the brainwash of the system...


    By Blogger yingele, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:15:00 PM  

  • Btw, Joe, Kiruv? Me? Naaah, I can start with myself first...

    By Blogger yingele, at Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:28:00 PM  

  • ying,

    good classical masnigad/chassidish contrast.

    There's a statement (can't remember source offhand) Hashem says open up a hole in your heart the size of a pin-prick and he will do the rest.

    I think your argument with frummer is about lechatchila bedieved persepctives.


    By Blogger The Rabbi's Kid, at Friday, April 22, 2005 12:04:00 PM  

  • Just a thought I had over pasch thinking of your blog, that when some one does tshevh mahave(repentance out of love); that the time for it is pasuch; then its nase lo zedunies kashcoges(his sins become over turned), so there you go one little dot and you’re the best!!!

    By Blogger LostSpirit, at Tuesday, April 26, 2005 6:51:00 AM  

  • i saw this in another blog.
    whats it all about? cant get no answers.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1:45:00 PM  

  • Froyim, don't worry about it, it's just some of Hyde Park's Genuine Rubbish.

    By Blogger yingele, at Tuesday, April 26, 2005 7:01:00 PM  

  • Excellent post, Ying, but I was under the impression there would be no math here.

    By Blogger PsychoToddler, at Wednesday, April 27, 2005 4:14:00 AM  

  • I know it's way past Pesach, but I just read your post. Kudos to you for saying it like it is!
    Have a good z'man in Israel!

    By Blogger Margaritagirrl, at Sunday, May 08, 2005 6:56:00 AM  

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