Tishrei - Rosh Hashanah - Parable 3
ROSH HASHANAH PARABLE 3: PUNISHMENT TO FIT THE CRIME
The following parable
is a commentary on the Jewish doctrine of reward and punishment based
on Psalms 62.13: "Unto Thee, O Lord, belongs mercy; for You render
to every man according to his deeds."
is comparable to a king who owned a menorah that had no equal in all
the world. Studded with many precious stones and pearls, it hung in the king's
palace suspended by ropes. A dullard who happened to be in the palace coveted
the ropes, cut and stole them. Naturally, the menorah fell and crashed
The king, being a compassionate person, judged him culpable only for the sin
of stealing the ropes because he was not competent, due to his moronic intellect,
to realize that his act would result in demolishing the menorah unparalleled
in beauty and in worth.
In this wise, the Almighty holds each individual responsible for his personal
deeds, and not for the widespread ignorance and defection extant in our world.
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