Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"Hey, Rabbi..."

Overheard in the van this morning:

Oldest Son (5): Abba [Hebrew for Dad], why did G-d choose the best rabbi for us?

Abba: G-d may have helped him decide to become a rabbi, but the congregation decided they wanted him to become our rabbi.

Oldest Son: Oh. So G-d didn't say, "Hey, do you want to be a rabbi?"

Hmm... how to explain the concept of free will and career choices to a 5-year-old...


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't you love to be able to get inside the head of a kid to wonder what inspires them to ask these questions??? Love it!

Sheyna said...


And honestly, I wonder what I'd say or do if G-d suddenly spoke up to me and said, "Hey, do you want to be a ...?"

I'm thinking that passing out might be a good first choice. :-)