From Our Rabbi
The rabbi loved to tell stories to the shul’s children, using them as a means of explaining moral ideas. One week he decided to tell them a story about squirrels to demonstrate the ideas of hard work and saving things for when they would be needed in the future.
‘Now children’, he said ‘see if you can tell who or what it is I am describing.’
The children squirmed with excitement, each being determined to be the one who would answer the question.
‘I can be grey or red.’ said the rabbi. He paused but no hands were raised.
‘I can climb trees very quickly.’ No hands.
‘I chatter quite a lot.’ No hands. The rabbi was getting worried that none of the children would answer.
‘I have a bushy tail.’ Still the children wore quizzical looks but no hands were raised.
‘I love to eat acorns and nuts’; Finally Sarah slowly raised her hand.
With a sign of relief the rabbi said ‘Yes Sarah, who am I?’
‘Well rabbi,’ said Sarah ‘I know that the answer is supposed to be Moses, but frankly it sounds more like a squirrel to me.’
We all see the world from a given perspective. We get into the habit of seeing all problems and questions in the light of that perspective be it religion, politics, money, ideology or whatever. In so doing we turn to the same explanation again and again until others see us only in the light of the answer that we always give. They perceive us as only being able to deal with the world in the light of our limited perception. We forget that there are other, perhaps better answers.