Long ago King Solomon declared “there is nothing new under the sun.” He was observing that unique as each generation regards itself and its challenges, much of what we confront was faced by those who came before us also. Questions of right and wrong, the struggle to remain loyal to our ideals and priorities, the challenges of family relations — all of these things were faced also by those who came before us.
Rabbi’s new pair of sneakers.
A light thought: On vacation this week with my family, I needed a pair of sneakers. I bought a pair of Converse sneakers, in the “new” blue color, knowing that everyone in my family would have an opinion about how “silly” these shoes look. And they did. But even more “funny” is that many of us “older” people wore these sneakers many years before our children were born — only that fifty years ago there were no Converse colored green or red or blue. But the bottom of the shoes looks just like they did fifty-five years ago, and still they enable us to get from one place to another.
Yes, our world has changed a great deal since the time of King Solomon. But in some ways, our world has changed very little. Still it is the soul that matters most.