delivered by Rabbi Jill Maderer Yom Kippur afternoon
A man backs his car out of the driveway, and stops short to avoid running into a young boy, riding his skateboard on the sidewalk. Annoyed, the man drives to the local cafe to pick up his morning coffee, and a woman parks her car in the spot he was eyeing. Irritated, he walks into the store, only to see he needs to stand on a long line. When he finally makes it to the front of the line, the person who was standing in front of him, returns to add a cookie to his order. Exasperated, as if the world around him is irresponsible, incompetent and inconsiderate of his needs, the man sits down to wait for his coffee, and to reflect on how the world is everyone else’s oyster.
At that moment a stranger approaches him, and silently hands him a pair of eyeglasses. When the man slides the glasses onto his face, his perspective changes. Through this magical eyewear, the man can view a caption that follows each person in sight. Backtracking through his morning, he starts to see differently. Read the rest of this entry »