Rules Have A Purpose

This week I traveled to Los Angeles to officiate at the wedding of one of our Ramat Shalom families. Cheryl and the kids joined me on the trip. Having lived in LA for a year during rabbinical school, I am familiar with the “culture” of the area. For Jonah and Abigail, however, the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood (magnified, of course, by the fact that the Oscars took place while we were in town) and the quirky, offbeat ways of LA bedazzled them. Interestingly enough, one of the things that really stood out for the kids was the nice relationship between the pedestrians and the drivers of Southern California. As many of you know, once you step into a crosswalk in the LA area, cars give you the right of way. At the same time, as a pedestrian in Southern California, you take jaywalking rules very seriously and you…