Paraprosdokian Sentences

A student sent me the following: A paraprosdokian (from Greek meaning “beyond expectation”) is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or reinterpret the first part. She included a number of examples such as:

The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on the list.

If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

Those who enjoyed the Kirtan chanting workshop with Rabbi Andrew Hahn this past week, also heard a wonderful example of a paraprosdokian. He quoted it in the name of Ram Dass (aka Richard Alpert) who said: “I’m Jewish on my parent’s side.”

What does it mean to be Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or an adherent of any religion?

If we reflect on the answer: “on my parent’s side,” we are led to a profound insight as to religion as an identity.  So, on what other side do we exist?  On the Divine side, we are all simply the same—human beings who can strive to fulfill themselves through their religious identity on their parent’s side and their humanity on God’s side.

I invite you all to hear Rabbi Joe Black’s talk tomorrow evening (Kabbalah Live!) as he reflects on the Seeker and the Spiritualist. We will see from which side his metaphor emerges.

We’ll leave the heat on for you.

David Sanders signature

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Avatar placeholder

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

malchut manifestation

Malchut: Manifestation

by Melanie Gruenwald Malchut: manifestation Making Time Count Over the past seven weeks, many people in the Kabbalah Experience community and the greater Jewish community have been mindfully engaged with the counting of time. We

English: Rabbi Hershel Schaecter officiates at Shavuot services for Buchenwald survivors. Pictured in the audience are Robert Yehoshua Büchler (front row, shorts), Yisrael Meir Lau, and other notable individuals.

Second Passover

by Dr. David Sanders Yesterday, I had a sudden urge to cook Matzoh Brei (rhymes with fry). It has been my custom to eat Matzoh on the day that is designated as Second Passover but

Counting up: Tiferet

by Melanie Gruenwald Week3: Tiferet.   This week, we are immersed in the third week of the counting of the Omer, experiencing the harmony and balance of Tiferet.   We embody Tiferet as the holding

Hersh Goldberg-Polin's parents- day 202

(Two Hundred and) Second Day

by Dr. David Sanders Today is the 2nd day in the upward count of 50 days from Passover to Shavuot (the holiday of weeks). It is a yearly meditative ritual count with a primary focus

Melanie G TikTok Vlog

Melanie’s Blog: Podcasts, Books and TikTok

by Melanie GruenwaldThe spring weather in Denver has inspired me to ​walk to work as much as possible. It gives me time to get some steps in and listen to interesting podcasts.This week, I was inspired