Saturday, December 13, 2008

ADHD and Judaism come together....

So, there's this thing from the Aruch Hashulhan instructs you in the "Jewish" manner of tying your shoes. For those of you who aren't familiar with this, you are supposed to don the right shoe, don the left shoe, tie (or in the case of my boots, zip) the left *then* tie (zip, velcro whatever) the right.

When I got home today the right boot was unzipped. That means I had one unzipped boot for about five hours. I'll be alright... I thought I had more kavanah than usual davening today... I suppose it came from the lack of kavanah while donning my shoes.


  1. It's the Shulchan Aruch not the Aruch Hashulchan. You tagged it correctly but wrote it in your post wrongly. You kind of threw me off a bit with this post. Are you being sarcastic? Cynical towards halacha?

    It's not the "Jewish" manner. It's the halachic manner.

    (I'm bored at 6:20 AM so I'm going through all the posts of blogs I follow. Fun stuff!)

  2. Ok, so, I'm just now realizing that Aruch Hashulchan is a commentary on the Shulchan Aruch. It's a rabbinic degree which the majority doesn't hold by. Therefore it's not a binding halachah. Besides which, it's not in the Torah. It's not even in the Talmud.

  3. You missed my point. It IS written in the Shulchan Aruch and therefore is a binding halacha. And as to your point that it's not in the Torah or in the Talmud, so what?? If the Shulchan Aruch says it's something we have to do, end of story. Does your Orthodox Judaism tell you that it has to be in the Torah or in the Talmud to be considered a halacha? Because that is simply not true.

  4. We have to cater to every whim and sway of every rabbi? I don't think so. In fact, last time I checked the Talmud is nothing more than a bunch of rabbis arguing. If we did what every rabbi told us to do we'd do something then undo it because every rabbi has a different opinion. Rabbis are JEWISH and I guess you missed the memo: two Jews equals three opinions. In other words, two rabbis is equal to three poskins to the shailah....

    You have to do what your rabbi says... because otherwise we would be like dogs who chase their own tails going in some kind of circle.

  5. Besides which, I think there is real stuff, hard mitzvos in the Torah to worry about because yes, I think the Torah is more important than the Shulchan Aruch.