Time, Tap Shoes, Torah

Well, it’s officially 2008, and with only two years to go until the decade is over, am I the only one around here who’s noticed that the current decade still has no name? (How could the people in charge of decade naming let this go on for so long?)

And speaking of eight, I’ve had a pair of size-eight girl’s black patent leather tap shoes from Zappos.com sitting in my apartment since early July. Even though Zappos has free overnight shipping, the shoes still got to us a day too late for my daughter’s tap class, so we had to resort to the old fashioned way of buying shoes – in a store.

And because Zappos has an annoying return policy, I still have the darn shoes. It should be noted that the tap shoes did make their way from the computer room to the dining room last week – which is in fact closer to the front door – when my husband cleaned up a pile of papers into which the box of shoes had somehow fallen. But the move won’t matter very much, because as I was saying, Zappos has the worst return policy ever: they give you an entire year to send back your unwanted shoes. I mean, can you believe the nerve of that place? Do you think I have any motivation to ship those shiny shoes back any time soon with such a flexible deadline?

You know, it seems to me that most non-Orthodox Jews look at the way Orthodox Jews practice Judaism and think that having so many rules and restrictions leads to, well, a restricted life. But structures and goals and expectations motivate people to achieve things in the world. Which is kind of an essential part of existence.

People often think the more flexibility in life, the better, but when there’s no external pressure driving things forward, a certain lethargy often sets in. And bad things could start to happen as a result. Why, you could end up like that nameless decade we’ve been stuck in for the last eight years.

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  1. Time, Tap Shoes, Torah

    Bookmarked your post over at Blog Bookmarker.com!

  2. So true…so true!!! When my family and I were looking from the outside in at Judaism, we also thought that things were sooo restrictive. But after having made the commitment to this new lifestyle, the freedom of all of the rules was so freeing. It sounds impossible but it’s so. Take observing the Sabbath, for example. What is the most common cry one hears across the board?…I want to get off of this treadmill of life where nothing seems to stop…EVER!!! Observing the Sabbath allows one to do just that with all of its restrictions: no telephone, no computer, no driving, no shopping, no writing, etc. Just peace and quiet with family and friends and the best food of the week, with the best night’s sleep of the week including an afternoon nap and throw in a little spirituality just to recharge your batteries and then when the Sabbath ends at sundown on Saturday night, you’re raring to take on the week once again! Got to love those rules and regulations!!!

  3. I agree. Although I’m not jewish I use a mixure of Jewish and Seventh Day Advent doctrines of which IMO, observing the Sabbath as G_d outlined in the Ten Commandments giving to Moses is the beginning of a closer spitural relationship.
    And yes, I’m still rough around the edges as my blog clearly shows.

  4. Boundaries are not always for confinement but also for our security.
    Great post! I love your writing style!

  5. Esther chana says:

    Get crackin’ and return those shoes!!! PS the new website looks really good

    • I already returned them (this is an old post!) – on the 365th day — I’m not even joking! Glad you like the site!

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