Monday, May 30, 2011
To become a rabbi's disciple you had to prove that you were worthy by memorizing most of the scriptures and studying rabbinical writings enough to satisfy the rabbi's questions in a sort of interview. Once you were accepted by a rabbi you followed him around and watched his every move so that you could be just like him. They would pronounce a blessing over you which said, in essence, "May you be covered by the dust of your rabbi." In other words, may you follow your rabbi so closely that you are covered in the dust that his sandals kicked up.
I confess...I am a Survivor-addict. Since season 1, I've seen every episode of Survivor, but the most recent 22nd season of Survivor: Redemption Island had some unique and memorable moments, centered around a 22-yr old pre-med student from Nashville, Matt Elrod. Matt was the only survivor player to be voted out twice during the same season--he was blindsided twice by his tribe, which may speak to his trusting naivete as a player.
Matt was sent to Redemption Island where he spent much of his time in isolation. The Survivor cameras captured him reading the Bible, talking to God, expressing his trust in God's faithfulness and ability to strengthen him as well as his desire to glorify God while in the game. At one point, Matt is in tears as he tells God that he's reached his breaking point and doesn't have the strength to continue in the game.