There is something valuable and powerful about a second time – that Rabbi Friedman likens to the second set of tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai for the Jewish people.
The first set of tablets were given with great fanfare and excitement, but they didn’t last – Moses had to break them.
Then Moses went up the mountain again for 40 days and 40 nights, and came down with the second set of tablets. This time though, it was a more modest affair, more subdued – with a lasting power that the first one didn’t have. Even though the first tablets will never be totally replaced because they are the first, and the broken pieces are still retained in the Holy Temple, the second time around – like the second tablets – can and should be in many ways better and stronger than the first.
There should be no doubt, no hesitation that a second time is meant to be; the second time is not any less valuable, nor any less real, any less true, and any less divine and meant to be. People can proceed with confidence that things will be good, and better. Read more