Fiddler on the Roof…
The Role of Tradition
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.
Read above (click on the Skip link) then read below… Remember context…
When does tradition help you? And when does it hinder you?
As mentioned, truth is truth (not food is not food). Yet our community often divides itself over traditions. Community really needs to get a handle on this. The big stuff, for the most part, it’s fairly easy, it’s us who make it hard. Item entered into eveidence #1: Sunday/Shabbat debate.
Yet among smaller communities it continues to be the smaller stuff that divides, do you do the prayers, are you dark or sliver new moon, is your head covered?
Community should have tolerance built in, again see above for big/small. But we all are divinely unique, with a purpose only know to God for each of us.
Can you picture if there was a binder for each of us on our life’s plan, and all we had to do was say to God “hey, let’s use your plan, your way” and see how that goes? How many peoples binders will forever remain on the shelf? Remember, for those old enough to actually use libraries and had to check out a book by writing your name on a card, and that information was put in a book?
So your binder was never checked out, your name never entered in the book?