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    "The One Holdout" by Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark
           Reprinted with permission from "The Beacon"

             My friend Rabbi Joshua Berkowitz tells the story of the Jewish community in
    Eastern Europe some years ago that needed a new rabbi.  They put out the call and
    there were several applicants.  The town leaders settled on one candidate and they
    had a meeting with him.  The negotiations were about to end when the rabbi had one
    last demand.  He declared:  “When the members of the community vote on me, the
    results must be unanimous in my favor.  If there is even one dissenting vote, I will not
    take the position.”  Both sides agreed to all of the conditions and the ballot on the rabbi
    was sent out to the Jews of the village.

           When the results were tabulated, to everyone’s surprise, the rabbi received every
    vote in the town – except for one.  When the rabbi was called in to receive the results,
    the president of the congregation congratulated him on his election as the rabbi of their
    community.  The rabbi then asked the crucial question:  “What were the actual results of
    the vote?”  The leader of the community revealed to him that everyone voted in his favor –
    except for one man.  The rabbi reminded the president and all members of the leadership
    group that the prerequisite for his taking the position was a unanimous vote.  But the
    president protested that the one opposing vote came from a man who was poor, old and
    not respected by anyone in the town.  Nevertheless, the rabbi would not accept the position.

           However, the rabbi felt he had to find out why the one man voted against him.  And so
    he set out one morning to the poor section of the village to find his only detractor.  Finally,
    he happened upon a miserable rundown shack and knocked on the door.  The old man
    answered and the rabbi revealed who he was and then said:  “I need to know why you
    voted against me.”

           The old man looked at the rabbi and replied:  “Rabbi, if I had voted for you, would you
    have come out to see me?”

    And so, what is the moral of this story?  Attention must be paid to all people, no matter what
    their age or social status or any other seemingly negative factor.  Or else.  Or else they may
    cast the one vote that will block the actions and desires of the majority.  Everyone is
    important.  Everyone wants to be noticed or else.
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"All that is in me is God, and between me and God
there is nothing but the body."
--Ita von Nellenburg (995-1035 AD)

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All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with him forever.

The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of
eternity -- who can count them?

The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth, the
abyss, and wisdom -- who can search them out?

Wisdom was created before all things, and prudent
understanding from eternity.

The root of wisdom -- to whom has it been revealed?
Her clever devices -- who knows them?

There is One who is wise, greatly to be feared, sitting
upon his throne.

The Lord himself created wisdom; he saw her and
apportioned her, he poured her out upon all his works.

She dwells with all flesh according to his gift, and he
supplied her to those who love him.

To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; she is
created with the faithful in the womb.

To fear the Lord is the root of wisdom, and her branches
are long life.
--Sirach 1:1-10,14,20
The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version


               WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman.
    The Religion Network is an interfaith
    website providing daily inspiration and
    religious resources. Faith is a precious
    gift that blesses. However you worship,
    I hope this site enhances your journey.
           Please check in daily. Become part
    of the community by contributing a prayer
    or a story of your faith journey. Let us
    meet regularly and build a spiritual network.
           If you'd like to know my personal story,
           click on biography.
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing
that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
Jesus answered,  'The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and
you shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
Mark12:28-31
Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada. He is the Executive
Vice President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis. Among many other posts, he was President of the
Board of Rabbis of Southern California from 1997-1999.
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I learn, as the years roll onward
And leave the past behind,
That much I had counted sorrow
but proves that God is kind;
That many a flower I had longed for
Had hidden a thorn of pain,
And many a rugged bypath
Led to fields of ripened grain.

The clouds that cover sunshine
They cannot banish the sun;
And the earth shines out the brighter
When the weary rain is done.
We must stand in the deepest shadow
To see the clearest light;
and often through wrong's own darkness
Comes the very strength of light.

--Author unknown, but appreciated
I remember the Zen story of a terrible outlaw who was terrorizing villages. Whenever
the people heard he was coming, they fled and left all for him. As he approached one
village, everyone fled, except one monk. When the outlaw heard that the monk had
remained in his monastery, he was outraged. He broke down the gates of the
monastery and confronted the monk. "Do you know who I am? I am the one who can
kill you on the spot." The monk looked at him calmly and replied, "Do you know who
I am? I am the one who can let you kill me on the spot."

Freedom!

Whatever decision I make about my future, I want to make it freely -- free to let go
or free to go on...
--From 'Engaging the World with Merton'  by M. Basil Pennington OCSO
Paraclete Press, 2005