It’s a bad idea to treat symbols as if they are the real things.
It’s silly to think anyone could “desecrate” a cracker… unless you’re a Catholic who foolishly believes a consecrated communion wafer actually contains the body of Christ. It’s crazy that some Christians would rather die than see a random, generic Bible get destroyed because one book shouldn’t be a stand in for everything you believe and value.
It’s incredible, then, that anyone would make a big deal out of a dollar bill that was once “blessed” by a Rabbi.
But that’s what’s happening in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Cha’ bad Palm Beach Synagogue had a donation box stolen — which is awful — and it “contained a $1 bill that was blessed by a rabbi who died a few years ago.”
Let me repeat that.
A synagogue is offering $1,000 for the return of a $1 bill because a rabbi once did some hocus-pocus over it.
I feel bad that the synagogue was broken into, and I hope they get their box back, but this is lunacy.
Even if someone were to find it, how would they even know it’s the “blessed” bill? Blessed bills look like all other bills, just like “holy” communion wine looks just like the cheap wine I can buy off a grocery store shelf.
The only way I can justify this $1,000 reward is if it was the only way to get any publicity… or if the box contained far more than $1,000.
If it’s not one of those things, though, it’s just another example of religious people treating their symbols with far more reverence than they deserve.
(Thanks to Todd for the link)