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By Yonatan Gordon
I was going to write about the Finger ID for the new iPhone 5s, then it got hacked, or maybe it did at least. Then I started to think–aside from its new operating system–if arguably the most talked about feature of this new version may not even work, then what does this teach us about measuring our own accomplishments?
I used to think that if people liked and shared my articles, then they were successful. Then I started programming all sorts of complicated “algorithms” into the articles in order to start equipping each article with a “Finger ID.”
As I wrote in a comment to my friend Moshe at the end of the last article, I resolved myself to something. And that is that these articles come with a form of encryption. More than the Hebrew words and terms, is a brevity of style, or way of thinking, or approach, that isn’t written to win a popularity contest. I usually write these articles late at night, when I have time to sit and ponder, and that’s also probably what I expect (either consciously or not) from readers as well.
Behind each of these articles, are apps, applications, that can take you straight to the realization of your inspirations, dreams, and motivations in life. Not because of me, but because they are based on Kabbalah and Chassidut. Because the source is infinite, so too are the applications.
When Pharoah’s magicians were trying to show Moses and Aharon that they can match the miraculousness of the plagues, with their own unholy practices, they had to stop short at the plague of lice. As the magicians said to Pharoah there, “It is the finger of God.” [Exodus 8:15]. As the Talmud explains, the reason that they couldn’t make lice, is because lice is smaller than the tip of the finger.
This then was my take on the whole Finger ID story. That if you want to write something that has limitless potential–because it is based on the infinite nature of the inner dimension of Torah–then you need to make sure that only the right fingerprints can enter. Those sincere readers, who earnestly seek to take these thoughts to the next level.
It also helps that this month of Tishrei, corresponds to the sense of touch according to Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Formation). So this also explains why this is the top story to come out of the new iPhone.