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October 27, 2018 |Too Old to Cry, Too Hurt to Laugh- Parashat Vayera

Rabbi Tucker

Rabbi Arnold Goodman tells the story of Adlai Stevenson who, while conceding the presidential election of 1952 to Dwight D. Eisenhower, quoted the reaction of a not-so-little boy who had recently stubbed his toe. “I’m too old to cry but too hurt to laugh,” the child said, succinctly capturing the experience of anyone who has ever faced disappointment past the age at which we’re somehow supposed to know better.  Goodman writes that this quote could easily have been spoken by Hillary Clinton following her defeat in 2016.  I would add that these words probably have resonance for any of us here who have ever encountered a major upset or rejection or failure which caused us significant pain, this despite gracious attempts to put on a brave face.  “I’m too old to cry but too hurt to laugh.”  I imagine that these words might even have been spoken by our ancestors Abraham and Sarah, the protagonists of our Torah portion this morning, Parashat Vayera. Continue Reading--->

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