I love stories. Kafka, Buber, Anita Diamant, Mark Gelman, Agnon. Stories enfold truth that each one can take according to ones needs in different fazes in life. Here is one of my favourite stories, found in Rosh Hashanah Readings (edited by Dov Peretz Elkins):
"How We Become Wise, How We Change"
After a long, hard climb up the mountain, the spiritual seekers finally found themselves in front of the great teacher. Bowing deeply they asked the question that had been burning inside them for so long: "How do we become wise?"
There was a long pause until the teacher emerged from meditation, Finally the reply came: "Good choices."
"But, teacher, how do we learn to make good choices?”
"From experience," responded the wise one.
"And how do we get experience?
"Bad choices," smiled the teacher.
A simple smile and a little bit of humour is all it takes to make this journey so much easier...
L'Shanah Tovah T'chatmu V'Tizachru!
--Rabbi Adi Cohen