The other day I watched the movie “A Serious Man.” Its a great but utterly strange movie that has twinkled my brain and sparkled my brain cells.
The opening quote by Rashi (who is a renowned Rabbi) says: “Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you.”
I love this quote.
It captures exactly what happens in the movie and is a great reminder to us all, that no matter what happens, we should all receive (or take) things with simplicity for in the end, we all die.
The movie takes place in the late 1960’s and the main character is Larry Gopnik who is simply an ordinary Jewish professor trying to be a “serious man.” He has a troubled family and is pressured by a series of unfortunate events that happen to him with his wife wanting divorce, his son secretly smoking marijuana, his daughter stealing money from his wallet to save up for a nose job, an unwanted brother sleeping on the couch, and a student who is trying to bribe him for a passing grade.
He searches for understanding about why all this has happened to him even though he had tried to be “a serious man” and consults a number of rabbis who offer him totally unrelated advice.
In the end, a tornado approaches and he gets an unwanted phone call. End of movie.
Its bizarre yet I love it. We all have our bad days and good days. We have periods when we lose hope and want to give up doing whatever we set out to do. We have days when no matter how hard we try to understand, we won’t ever understand why “that” or “this” has to happened to us or why things are the way they are.
Things happen for a reason, so take whatever comes along your path in life with simplicity. Its no use spending days and nights stressed out, or searching for answers we will never discover. Things blow over, get better, and we move on.
In the end, we are all made of flesh and blood, and in the end we will all die.
Enjoy each and every moment of your life before its too late! 🙂