Friday, July 27, 2012

No There is Too Much, Let me Sum Up

As a fan of The Princess Bride, I encourage you to read it if you never have before, not just watch it, which is where the Title comes from.

At the end of the year the public companies produce an Annual Report of their activities. An executive summary of all that happenned.

This week was the executive summary of not just 4 quarters, but 3 books and 40 years. Quite a bit to fit into 105 sentences.

While Moshe is reminding the people of everything God did for them, he is also reminding them of the bad things they did as well. In order to start a fresh, one needs to clear up the past.

And so as the entire book of Devarim is spent on Moshe saying his peace before he dies.

Why bring up the past, again? It always helps to know what came before you so you do not repeat the same mistakes. We have some more details of some of the past exploits, including that Og, King of Bashan, who was said to be a giant and live for a very long time, some say since the time of Noah, had a bed 9 cubits long. A cubit being about 18 inches, would make that a 13 and a half foot bed.

Why would anyone care about this? Was it just tossed in as a Red Herring? Or was it there to remind us that indeed at one time, giants walked the Earth?

When you provide a summary or history of a project it helps to sprinkle in some details which maybe have not seen the light of day to bring better interest into the information. It is this reason which pundits read into every nuance of reports or financial statements or press releases.

Next time you need to present the information, sum it up, don't drag it out and find one or two nuggets that will keep people interested in the sound bites of your details.

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Parsha Devarim in the book of Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom