The rabbi leaned out of his window and called to his servant below:
“Heschel, Heschel! What do you see?”
“What do you mean ‘What do you see’? I see nothing out of the ordinary,” Heschel replied.
The rabbi persisted, “Heschel, Heschel! What do you see?”
“I see shop keepers selling their goods and people milling about to and fro. What else would there be to see?”
The rabbi sadly shook his head, “Ah, Heschel! In a hundred years in this very same spot there will be shops and merchants and buyers, but you and I will be gone. So I ask you, Heschel! What do you see?”
So often, when religious people speak of truly seeing something they refer to some other-worldly spiritual dimension. But I think this good rabbi wanted Heschel to see something more tangible than some esoteric spirit-world.
What do you think? What have you missed seeing that is right in front of you?