Modern technology has brought many advantages with
it, especially when it comes to making our material life more convenient and
efficient. Telecommunications is certainly no exception, and since everything
that exists in the physical world has a spiritual counterpart, it is worthwhile
trying to understand what we can learn from the now commonplace telephone and
its wireless counterpart – the cell phone from a fresh Torah perspective.
Speed dialing or automatic redialing can
help us to better appreciate the value of each second as Rabbi Tarfon’s said: “The
day is short and …the task is abundant …” Pirkei Avos: 2:20.
Call forwarding can remind us of that
which the Baal Shem Tov said that “a person is where their thoughts are”.
Storing and erasing information, at the
push of a button, can help us to understand that we all have the power to retain
valuable thoughts and delete undesirable ones.
The flash button, which enables us to
put a call on hold until we are ready to speak further, can serve as a reminder
of the wise words of Pirkei Avos 3:17, that “… a protective fence for
wisdom is silence.”
I.D, which screens our calls, can be seen to teach us that we all have the
ability to “monitor” our thoughts.
to make calls at any time can make us more aware that how much more so
are our tefillos are receivable at anytime.
Wireless phones can help us to better
understand that our tefillos certainly do not need any physical connection
to reach their destination.
Limited calling plans that become
exorbitantly costly if one exceeds their quota reminds us the value of “weighing and
measuring” our words..
Dialing 911 for emergency services can
be seen to correspond to the “Heavenly hot line” available whenever we “call
out” from the depths of our hearts.
calling can help us to realize that all of our conversations are “three
way” as it is written: “… He Who implants the ear, shall He not hear …” (Tehillim 94)
but not least we can certainly come realize that since there exists unlimited
unrestricted calling plans between friends and family how much more is our
“calling plan” between us and our Father in Heaven limitless and unrestricted.
year long these and other “supernal features” are available but months of Elul and Tishrei are times that are especially fitting to upgrade our “lines of communication”.
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