18 July 2006

Don't put off to tomorrow

Most people have heard the story of the Golden Calf. That's the oldie but goodie about Moses going up the mountain for 40 days, receiving the 10 Commandments from Gd, but because Moses meant 40 days PLUS the day he left,but the people thought he meant 40 days INCLUDING the day he left, so on the last day, the people panicked ("AHH! Moses hasn't come back and it's been 40 days and a few hours. He's deserted us, we're going to DIE!"), and resorted to their old idol-worshipping ways and built the Golden Calf. (btw, I used to get knocked down on grades in school for having run-on sentences. Some things never change.)

The reasoning behind the peoples' panic always bothered me. "Well, Moses said 40 days, but wasn't including the day he left, because it wasn't a full 24-hour day. The people thought he meant 40 daytimes, not necessarily 40, 24-hour periods." So what? Were the Jewish people so weak, such simpering wimps that ONE STINKING DAY made such a difference? They couldn't wait ONE MORE DAY before giving up all faith in the Gd they had just sworn to believe in and follow?! What's one day, anyway?

Then I joined the world of infertiles. One day can mean the difference between a successful trigger and an unsuccessful one. One day can mean the difference between a ready and willing uterine lining, and a thinning, not so accomodating one. One day can mean the difference between just-right eggs and overdone ova. 24 hours can mean the difference between a BFN and a BFP.

Having desperately watched the clock for fear that I might trigger too early or too late, I have new insight. With this new insight, I have a whole new appreciation for the fear that the Jews felt. One day can mean the difference between life and death.

6 Comments:

At 18/7/06 2:02 AM, Blogger Robber Barren said...

Never thought of it that way...but it makes a lot of sense. I'll try to be less judgmental next time that parsha rolls around.

 
At 18/7/06 10:45 PM, Blogger Just another Jenny said...

How true. Sometimes days are measured in seconds, sometimes in weeks.

 
At 18/7/06 11:29 PM, Blogger Lut C. said...

I'd heard the story of the Golden Calf, but not the time details.

 
At 19/7/06 6:31 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

very well put! thank you for putting it in this perspective. i've always felt the same way about the jews' seemingly rash behavior, but we all know that in a situation of dire circumstances, a day is an eternity.
ps - i hope hashem blesses you with children very soon.

 
At 19/7/06 12:11 PM, Blogger Meg said...

And I bet you triggered right on time in the end. Love to you. x

 
At 21/7/06 9:08 PM, Blogger projgen said...

thank you, jessica.

Meg - do you doubt that I triggered at precisely the time the doctor said? To. the. second. :) and backatcha

 

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