Sunday, September 12, 2010

I am the type of person who always looking for words of wisdom to be inspired by or to live by. The other day I was doing some research on the Feast of Tishri when I came across this address to the St Louis Scottish Rite many years ago by Rabbi Julius Nodel 32 degree.I enjoyed reading it a few times to get the full effect.

"Among the symbols of Succoth are four species of plants—the citron, the branch of the palm tree, the myrtle leaves, and the willow leaves. The citron plant produces both fruit and fragrance. The palm produces fruit but no fragrance. The myrtle produces fragrance but no fruit, and the willow produces neither fruit nor fragrance. This teaches us that there are also four kinds of people. There are those that have knowledge and good deeds—they correspond to the citron. There are those who live a life of good deeds, but have no knowledge—they are like the palm. There are those who have knowledge, but perform no good deeds—they are like the myrtle, and there are those who have neither knowledge nor good deeds—they are like the willow. Yet, on Succoth, all of these different species of plants are placed together and bound as one, thus teaching us that though there are different kinds of people on Earth, with their own interests and desires, accomplishments and failures, they must still be bound together in one universal brotherhood."
In Freemasonry we have no relgious agenda. I think that as men from all faiths we can attend these Masonic observances and find them to be acceptable if not inspiring to our hearts.

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