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    Writing about trifles – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. I do not always like your answers to questions, especially when you advocate the small minutiae of religion. Why don’t you write about big subjects?

    A. I do actually write about big things too (take a look at my website).

    Regarding the “small minutiae”, there is a story about Michelangelo, who was working on his statue of David when a friend asked him why it was taking so long. The artist explained that he often had to go back and straighten a line or smooth out a corner. “But these are just trifles,” said his friend. “I know,” replied Michelangelo, “But trifles add up to greatness… and greatness is no trifle!”

    The moral is surely obvious.

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