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P1--What is a brakha?|
June 28, 2006
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One of the ways we can get to know someone is by their personal attributes. If you were able to make a list of declarative facts about me, for example, you would have a pretty good idea of who Jack Moline is. Take the most obvious fact to most of you: Jack is a rabbi. Along with dozens of other such statements (father, husband, man, Jew, Cubs fan, comedy maven, activist, etc.), you could get a description of me. However, the word "rabbi" resonates differently for every person (as do all of the other nouns). The combination of objective information and subjective reactions places every person in unique relationship with me that rests on common ground. And if you have interacted with me, the relationship is deepened and enriched (even if the interaction has not been positive, God forbid!).
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