Learning Life Lessons From A Ninja

Over at the Times of Israel I have my latest piece explaining the story of the stolen Green Ninjago™ figure.

It’s another oportunity to learn from what I wrote about the Connecticut shooting and which received praise in the comments:

Judaism is founded on responsibilities not rights. My right to life is a by-product of my fellow citizen’s responsibility not to harm me. Same with my right to property. This is the most profound difference at the heart of the Jewish state, even if we don’t always realise it. There is no right to bear arms: there is a responsibility to protect life and that, sometimes, is best done with a firearm.

So now that his friend has stolen a precious Green Nijago™ Ninja from him I get to start explaining how our Jewish values of obligations and implied rights work when we meet people who don’t follow them.

Read the whole piece if you’re interested and Shabbat Shalom to all dear readers of Israellycool. May your Ninjas always be where you left them.

About Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian's interests include electric cars, world peace and an end to world hunger. Besides blogging here, Brian of London now writes at the Times of Israel. Brian of London also hosted Shire Network News

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  • juvanya

    Is there really a shortage of that in Israel? I remember LEGO being like doubly expensive over there. Ill have to check my notes. I was gonna say I work at a store that sells Ninjago, so I can send you a set, but I see you recovered it. Altho Amazon is substantially cheaper…

    • http://www.israellycool.com/author/brianoflondon/ Brian of London

      The Green one is sold out here. Can’t be had. The prices are significantly above US and Amazon.

  • Jim from Iowa

    I read your post over at the Times of Israel and it got me thinking. If you were instilling real Jewish values in your child you’d convince him that playing with a dreidel all day is the way to go. But as a gay Goy nonbeliever, what do I know about incorporating Lego play sets into 4000 years of rich Jewish tradition?

    • spindok

      We invented ninjas. You never heard of jew-jitsu?

      • sams

        Reason why the Maccabee won … superior kick skills.