Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Do You Believe In Dog?


Why do some people love Judaism, and some hate it? Now, some of you folks out there may think that your feelings on this matter are a choice that has some basis in logic. Allow me to disabuse you of that notion with a beautiful Mashal:

There’s a poor family that lives in a wealthy town. This family is always being made fun of, abused and even attacked by other people because they have nothing. They’re excluded from everything the other families are doing.

Now, this town doesn’t allow dogs in it. They hate them and kill every dog they catch. Somehow though, a dog wonders in and the poor family grabs it and saves it. This dog is the one special thing they have in the world and it eventually becomes the focus of all their attentions. They feed it, hide it, play with it. It gives them a sense of purpose and pride.

One day one of the wealthy people in town hears barking coming from the house. He walks over and demands that they turn over the dog to be killed. They are so used to complying with the wealthy people that they immediately go and get it. However, when the man tries to grab the dog, it bites his hand and barks, scaring him away.

The rich neighbors band together and go back to the family to get the dog. This time, though, the family stands up to them. They lock the door of their hut and throw rocks at the neighbors until they leave. The family knows it’s not safe anymore. They run to another rich town and another, all of whom have the same attitude towards them and the dog.

After many years, they reach a town that doesn’t look down on them for being poor and even allows dogs. Some of the kids even become wealthy and have kids of their own. The family is now happy and proud, and they spoil the dog with whatever he wants. The dog, however, isn’t used to this. He’s allowed to go wherever he wants and eat whatever he wants. He starts to crap on the lawn and eat the flowers.

The kids complain, but the parents cover for him. He’s such a sweet dog, such a loyal dog. He was with us all along, he helped us through the darkest times.They simply can’t see anything bad with the dog. The dog, though, eventually realizes he’s getting away with everything. Now he takes a dark turn and starts biting the grandchildren. Their parents tell the grandparents to get control of the dog, but they make excuses for it and take half-assed measures to protect it. Now, one of the other children who walks the dog takes advantage of the new situation by using the dog to scare the other kids into doing what he wants. When anybody complains to the grandparents, the child twists the story to make it seem like the other kids are complaining about the dog. He’s not only let off the hook, but rewarded for sticking up for the dog.

Eventually though, the kids are fed up and try to force the parents to control the dog. But the parents join up with other dog owners and dog lover organizations and shoot Nuchem Rosenberg in the head.

I hope this clears things up for everybody.

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