Monday, December 21, 2009

as the world spins


The other day I was sitting and playing Dreidel mesmerized by the hypnotic, blurred motion of the spinning top.
Amazed at how such a relatively large item can be balanced on such a small point and remain upright as long as it's in motion.
And I instantly saw the connection to Chanukah.
This is precisely what it's all about.
This great vast universe that we inhabit. Science and wisdom has been working and toiling in getting to understand it and how it spins.
But up to a certain point. And that point is literally the point.
There was that moment before matter and before the big bang. The moment that is represented by the tiny point of the yud in Hashems name. The first urge to create..
It's that limitation that sets us apart from the Greeks.
Science will always be baffled wuth trying to capture the "moment before".
Science is spending billions of dollars smashing and colliding atoms under the Swiss Alps to glimpse those precious moments.
But it'll always be a step ahead..(or behind..)
So we spin the dreidel...and internalize this idea..of the vast universe with all her knowledge and data, spinning and carefully balanced on that divine point, so that we can always see the world from that perspective.

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Blogger Pythagoras said...

That was a very good post. You are a good writer. And the reflection on the dreidel is really well thought out.

-Pythagoras

December 23, 2009 11:59 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Thank you.
Good of you to come from the next world and comment.

December 25, 2009 10:24 AM  

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