The Language of the Realm

1000 Verses - a project of Judaism Resources

The Language of the Realm

The famous cartoonist; Gary Larson, presented a humorous caricature that sheds light on the Jewish Christian polemic. In the cartoon we see a professor standing in front of a blackboard lecturing to his students. The blackboard is covered by a lengthy and complicated equation in which the letter “W” is prominently featured. The caption under the cartoon reads: “Two wrongs don’t make a right – but four wrongs squared…”

The point of this cartoon is that no mathematical equation can change wrong into right. A humorous (and sometimes tragic) side to human life is that people often overlook this obvious truth and attempt to use measurements and tools that are applicable to one realm in life and apply it to another. Different realms of life have different languages, different frameworks and different categories. To apply the language of mathematics in the realm of ethics and…

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