Friday, January 9, 2015

No Yams

"No. No way. I could never, ever do that." 

Ma had been explaining to her the Rambam method, which decrees no fruit after meals. 

"You won't believe the results!" 

"Nada. Niet. NEVER." 

But a few months later, Ma gets a call: "I want you to know," she said, "I'm doing the Rambam diet, the one you told me about." 

When Hashem introduces Himself to Moshe, He says, "I AM that I AM." 

Upon consideration, this description is quite apt. Hashem is One. He is Unchanging. What He was, He is, He will be are all the same. He IS what He IS.

If the most supreme Being describes Himself thusly, then us puny humans cannot claim that same title, bound by time and change as we are.
As yoga claims (and as my aching muscles testify), micro-movements lead to colossal change. Rabbi Akiva, as yet unlearned and unlettered, gazed upon water and stone comprehended his own potential at 40.
Or, to quote Mustafa's admonishment to Simba: "You are more than what you have become." 

Hashem has no unrealized capabilities. Pop-Eye, even after spinach, could become much, much more.    


Daniel Saunders said...

Er, He actually says, "I will be what I will be." I think it's mainly Christian translators whgo put it in the present tense. I believe the Hebrew is in the imperfect tense, denoting an uncompleted action.

Princess Lea said...

I checked Machon Mamre, and that's what they have. You'll have to take it up with them. ;)

Daniel Saunders said...

OK, but Artscroll, The Living Torah and Rashi all agree with me! Chief Rabbi Hertz and the modern JPS avoid controversy by giving both opinions. Apologies for being the obsessive reference-checking librarian that I am!

Shavua tov!