Jewish Architecture

Jews are incredible architects. Under everyone else’s noses they have built a temple in time, hidden in plain sight. It is constructed of Sabbaths exactly one year in circumference and is 5774 years tall. The stairs to the top are made of the parchment of the Torah successively unrolled and rolled, and are only strong enough to support the weight of a man’s spirit.

On another note I was listening to the radio this morning, Galei Tzahal, the Army radio, to a 1974 interview of Shimon Peres, the current president of Israel, then the Israeli Minister of Defense, on David Ben Gurion. The interview was fascinating but the part that really perked up my inner ear was when Shimon Peres quoted something Ben Gurion had said. It was something like we don’t need experts on the past, on things that have already happened. We need experts on the future, on things that haven’t happened yet. That got me to thinking that the future is both equally accessible and equally inaccessible to the present as the past is, and yet we have so many experts about things that already happened (at least they tell us they know) and so few experts who can map out all or most of the possibilities of the future so that we can choose the ones we want and get to work on making them happen.

Anyway I just thought somebody might like to read this.

Mike Stone

Raanana Israel



Filed under Essays, Dilemmas, & Philosophy, Prose

2 responses to “Jewish Architecture

  1. I think that it is simply easier to become an expert in the past. An event has happened once, in a single way. There’s an infinite number of ways to interpret what has happened.

    The same holds for the future, except that there are an infinite number of possible futures (each can, in turn, be interpreted in an infinite number of ways).

    I guess this means that it’s infinitely more difficult to become an expert on the future. Maybe that’s why we have so few.

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