Although Grandpa and Grandma were from a different era, their children and grandchildren considered them to be very up to date and quite techno-savvy. That’s why the grandchildren decided to give Grandma a digital picture frame. This electronic gadget looked like any other frame in Grandma’s den, but it was able to display hundreds of digital photos stored on a memory card. With a tap of a finger, Grandma was treated to a slide show of hundreds of family pictures. Frame after frame of memories flashed on the screen for four seconds, only to melt into a new picture selected at random by the frame.
The children knew they had made the right choice when they saw their grandparents sitting by the frame, mesmerized by the digital reproductions of decades of family highlights. As each new photo appeared, the grandparents made an emotional comment. The slide show was a big hit.
After everyone had gone home the elders went to bed. Hours later, Grandpa awoke and went to the refrigerator to get a drink of cold water. He was taken aback when he noticed Grandma sitting by the frame, watching the photographs slide by.
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“Just watching and thinking of how blessed we are,” she replied. “I’m watching all of our offspring in different stages of their lives. As their outward appearance grew and matured, their spiritual cores grew as well. I thank Hashem for the blessings He has granted us. We put in our effort, but I’m thankful for the slide show He produced for us.”
One More Second: Another Thought for the Day
From Hashem’s love for us, we should learn how to love one another. In essence, all Jews are one. Our souls are united and in each soul there is a portion of all others. This concept is the basis of the principle all Jews are responsible for one another (Shevuot 39a). Since each Jewish soul possesses a portion of all the others, when a Jew sins, his wrong affects not only his own soul, but also the collective soul of Israel. (Rabbi Yehudah Zev Segal, Inspirations and Insights, vol. 2, p. 91)