What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Imagine the following scene:
“Hey, Jimmy, guess what?”
“Mommy and daddy are taking you to Disney World!”
“Oh, wow! Thank you so much! I can’t wait!”
“Well, you know Jimmy, it’s not so easy to get there.”
“We have to pack all our suitcases. Crease all our clothes. Then we have to lug them to the airport.”
“And then we have to wait for the luggage when we get there and hope they didn’t lose it.”
“Yes. Then we have to go through security. That can take a half an hour.”
“We have to empty our pockets, take off our shoes. We can’t bring any liquids.”
“Yeh. And if you set off the alarm, they have to call special people to examine you. It’s a big hassle.”
“Not only that, when we get on the plane, there’s no guarantee we’ll be sitting together.”
“How come?”
“Well, sometimes the computer makes a mistake when you buy your tickets online the way daddy does. So we might wind up sitting a few rows apart.”
“By the way, honey, I hope I don’t get a middle seat again like the last time we flew.”
“My gosh, I remember you were surrounded by those two bruisers. I don’t know how you ever fit!”
“And don’t forget the lines at Disney. Remember the last time we were there when Jimmy was only two?”
“Oh man, was that a hassle.”
“Mom, dad, do we really have to go?”
“Don’t worry, Jimmy, it’s really not so bad.”
Could you imagine parents speaking to their children like that? Poor Jimmy. He’ll probably live in dread of that terrible day when he has to go to Disney!
There’s a saying in the Talmud:
“Man is led in the direction in which he desires to go.”
If we constantly look at the glass as half empty, our children will grow up looking at the world the same way.
If we wouldn’t talk about Disney’s World that way, why would we ever talk that way about God’s world?

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by   Max Anteby

Comments icon April 16, 2012


By tuvia on April 21, 2012 -- 3:19pm

people don’t really talk about G-d’s world that way.  they do talk about various religions as lacking verifiability/credibility.

the reason they do this is, if you do the research, and read the works of frum Jews like James Kugel, Marc Shapiro, Menachem Kellner, and Natan Slifkin (or read Talk Reason)—you will be well armed to challenge a site like Simple to Remember.

The problem with sites like Simple to Remember is they are not education, but indoctrination.  Simple to Remember has no intention of allowing the other side of the debate to express itself. And it tells frum Jews not to look there.

Orthodox Judaism is like the Soviet Union in the old days of Kruschev.  Calling the West decadent, greedy, immoral.  But Russia had the walls around it, not letting anyone out.  And the West had no walls, and mostly noone wanting to emigrate to Russia.  Those that did were generally uneducated in what it was really like.


By allan on June 17, 2012 -- 3:53pm

That’s why I never travel!
But seriously, its so true. If you want to complain, you will always find a good reason to. Even the lofty Jews in the desert with Divine accomodations found what to complain about

By Smitty on May 31, 2013 -- 11:58am

We understand each vacation or trip has a unique purpose then how one single type of accommodation can suit all the needs.

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