David’s Ankle


Back in 1974, then Boston Herald columnist Bob Considine imagined a conversation between the artistic genius Michelangelo and a fan about the statue of David. Asked the fan, “How in God’s name could you have achieved a masterpiece like this from a crude slab of marble?” To which Michelangelo replied, “It was easy. All I did was chip away everything that didn’t look like David.”

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Spiritual Step Counter


As a rabbi, I am prepared at any time to talk about Torah, politics, pastoral care, even the tuna fish at kiddish. But this past year – in shul, in the aisles of Whole Foods, at CVS, at Lifetime Fitness, at weddings, bar mitzvahs, at funerals – my conversations seem to begin with the one thing my rabbinic training had not prepared me for: a compliment.

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