Goose-Stepping III: Why I Posted The Mistaken Version

Sep 8th, 2010 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Spiritual Growth
You can read both versions of the Goose-stepping story: Goose-Stepping I: The MIstaken Version & Goose-Steppping II: The Correct Version on the blog. You may wonder why I posted both, or why I posted the mistaken version at all, or, to make things confusing, if I prefer the Mistaken Version, why did I post the correct version?

I originally posted what ended up being called the “Mistaken Version” two weeks ago. My very dear friend, who shared the story with me, immediately called me to tell me that I got the story all wrong, and to please take it off the blog. I did as he asked, but could not stop wondering how I so misconstrued a story. I basically heard the opposite of what was being said!

If my mind can so twist a story, how do I know that I can accurately quote stories or thoughts I have heard from others? I guess my mind took the story as I was listening and began to apply it, which prevented me from listening carefully. I ended up getting it all wrong.

So, what am I going to do to make sure that I hear what the Shofar is saying to me rather than what I expect or want to hear? I have been posting Sound Bites on the Shofar since Rosh Chodesh Elul. I already have all sorts of ideas about the Shofar’s message. But I want to hear what it actually says, not what I expect it to hear!

I publicly commit myself to spend the time between now and Rosh Hashana listening with great care. I will stress listening over speaking. I will also pray between now and then that God grant me the gift of being able to hear the Shofar, as my Uncle Noach zt”l would say: with my ears, not my brain!

I am open to your ideas. Please. And to my incredibly reliable friend: Thanks for the story, the corrected version, and the Tochacha. You have again proven your reliability and integrity. I love you.

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