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...in that I get more out of them years after I initially read/learn them. This struck me tonight as I read the same passages I read every year at Yom Kippur evening. For whatever reason, this year they made extraordinarily good sense and seemed much more spiritual than I remember them ever being before. (Especially the bits about forgiveness of people who have ticked you off and forgiveness of yourself for not being able to do everything you ought to/want to.) Which sounds terribly trite of me, I think, but so be it.

The same realization struck me about my math foo when I was taking algebra through calculus. I was always hit with, "Oh! I see. That makes perfect sense!" about 2-3 years after I had actually taken the course. (Mind you, I would muscle my way through the courses at the time, but the information didn't really make intuitive sense until the 2-3 year waiting period was up.)

So...perhaps I've reached the end of the religious text waiting period, then.

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thewronghands
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)
That's sort of what defines a classic, to me. Something that you can keep reading and rereading, and it keeps adding on rich layers of meaning.
larksdream
Oct. 13th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Can you give me a pointer to an English version of the passages you're referring to? I'd be really interested.
jalenstrix
Oct. 14th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Here are some of the passages that struck me (they're generally just translation snippets from various prayers in the Yom Kippur services)

"...for rash words, for broken pledges, insincere assurances, and foolish promises, may we find forgiveness."

"...Kol Nidrei: a whisper of wings, as promises are remembered."

"...Knowing our failings, let us be patient with those of others."

They're such simple, basic, sensible things (and the middle one is a pretty image) - but they completely triggered the thought of "Yup....that would definitely make me happier in the long run."

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