Tuesday, December 18, 2012

No Concept

I'm sitting with my son talking to him when I notice a bruise on his lip. He's a fairly wild kid with bundles of energy, so it's not unusual for him to bang himself.

"When did you get that boo boo?" I ask him.

"Tomorrow." he says.

I love his answers. I love how he expresses himself. It's adorable.

Sometimes his responses to when things happened are things like yesterday or last week...so totally off the mark when I put it in context.

My favorite one is... "Remember when we went to the zoo? Tell me, when did we go?"

His response..."Last morning."

It's too cute.

My son has no real concept of time. Yes, he understands it in his head, and that's where everything makes sense to him, but he cannot express it correctly. He cannot show that he really gets it. It may sound like he doesn't know what he's talking about, but from the look of concentration on his face, I know that he gets it. He just doesn't know how to say it.

Hashem doesn't either have a concept of time. But it's not because He doesn't get it...not at all. It's because He is so way above us that He is not bound by things that are limited like time.

Hashem is unlimited. He can do anything. He created the world and everything in it. He watches over me and you every moment of the day. Each thing that happens to me is calculated, is measured, is exact.

And since He is so much greater than each of us, He cannot be confined. There is no concept of time when it comes to Hashem.

Do I fully get it?

Not really...but I'm trying. And my son opened my mind a little bit...and he's helping me learn.

There is no yesterday, tomorrow...or even last morning.

It's all one.

Hashem Echod...Hashem is One.


  1. Hi Devoiry,
    That was such a cute post! I like the way you connected Shalom Boruch's "timezone" to the real source. I love how you express yourself, how we really get a feel of what you really are all about-The spiritual connection that i felt reading this article was awesome. Keep it up - ur the best! Love,Baila

    1. Thanks Baila! It was such an obvious connection to me this time...and I just wanted to share it here. Thanks for the comment :)

  2. Well put! My oldest is also in that cute out-of-time stage, but I don't think I would've made the connection to Hashem's timelessness. Such a good connection. Thank you. :)

    1. Thanks. It's so cute how these little kids express themselves. And they look all serious as if they totally get it-cuz in their head they do get it. Enjoy your big boy!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! It's good to see you here!
      I'm glad you liked :)

  4. I really like this! Thank you! :)

  5. "Eizehu chacham? Halomeid mikol adam"--thanks so much for pointing this out! Really doesn't matter that "it's been so long since I last davened mincha/learned Torah lishma/worn tznius clothing"--your mitzvos aren't bound by what time of your life you do them in, and Hashem says it's almost NEVER too late to do teshuva--He doesn't forget about you or your potential.

    1. Michal, I like how you took a totally different spin on the concept of time. Yes, it's true that we can always pick up and start doing the good things we haven't done in a while, but that kind of change is harrrrd. When you're stuck in your routine, it's really tough to start changing.

      Human beings ARE bound by time. It's so much easier to stick to our habits...but you're so right about that. It takes a lot of inner strength to get up and do something, to make those changes. The way to make it work, I think, is with small steps. Slowly, slowly...so those changes last.

      And...what's with the "almost never too late to do teshuva"? Don't we all know that it's NEVER too late to change? I once posted something, Never too Late specifically about this. Hashem is so great and so unlimited that it is impossible for a person to do something that is "too much" for Hashem to handle. Any person, no matter how far they have gone, can always come back to Hashem.

  6. Oh, I was just thinking of a chotei u'machti who I believe cannot do full teshuva because he caused others to do aveiros as well. So I just said "almost," also because I don't like saying "never"--I don't know enough to be able to say that. So I capitalized the "never" to emphasize that teshuvah is very possible for almost all sins.

    And definitely it is verrrry hard to change routine...but whenever I think about the door is always open to teshuva and there are no limits, I personally feel very liberated. Not saying that that always translates to results, but I find the thought very inspiring. As I find so many posts on this blog inspiring :)

    1. I just realized that the link to the post I was talking about (Never too Late) that I included in my last comment isn't working. I'm not sure why so I'm linking to that post again. Click HERE to read it and you will see that even a choti u'machati, even someone who did the greatest sins, can come back to Hashem. And this is not me talking, it's coming from someone a lot greater than me.

      It would be a little disheartening to think that there are certain sins that a person can never repent for. Hashem is SO great and so unlimited, it it not possible for a person to do something that Hashem cannot forgive. That would be putting a "cap" on Hashem's ability to let go and that would actually be limiting Hashem's capabilities! Hashem is not a human being who takes things personally in that way, He doesn't have emotions and He doesn't get insulted or hurt by the things we do...He can't get too hurt to forgive. I found that idea to be a real eye opener for me...and different than some of the things we were taught in school (like...there are certain aveiros a person cannot be forgiven for and stuff like that...).

      Yes, the door is always open for change and that's a really nice idea BUT change has to come from within. And a person has to WANT the change. That's the first hard part. The second hard part is taking that first step to change. And the third hard part is keeping at it. Whew! Who ever knew change could be so difficult? :)

  7. I also had no concept of time when I was little...I denied the existence of midnight for a while, I didn't think it existed because I was never awake to experience it :) But I love how you connected this trend little ones have to Yiddishkeit. So beautiful.

    1. Talia-That is so adorable. I guess it took time to make the abstract concept of midnight real to you...and to know that just because you don't see or experience something, that does not mean it doesn't exist. That could be another way to explain spirituality and g-dliness to others. :) Thank you for your comment!


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