Your Take: What the Ocean Means

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yesterday's conversation with author Simon Winchester about the Atlantic Ocean brought in a wave of responses from Takeaway listeners. Whether you feel it's a holy place, or a scary place, you had a lot to say on the subject.

David from Miami called in with this response: 

I'm a new rabbi right here in Miami for about four years and we actually used the Atlantic Ocean as a mitzvah -- a ritual bath. We turn it in to holy space for ritually cleansing or for conversion and we’ve used it on many, many occasions. I’ve been here in Miami and it and it become an ocean of holiness.

I'm a new rabbi right here in Miami for about 4 years and we actually used the Atlantic Ocean as a mitvah -- a ritual bath. We turn it in to whole space for ritually cleansing or for conversion and we’ve used it on many, many occasions. I’ve been here in Miami and it and it become an ocean of holinesI'm a new rabbi right here in Miami for about 4 years and we actually used the Atlantic Ocean as a mitvah — a ritual bath. We turn it in to whole space for ritually cleansing or for conversion and we’ve used it on many, many occasions. I’ve been here in Miami and it and it become an ocean of holiness.
Mark "The Shark," in Troy, Michigan, had this to say: 
I was a Plane Captain for F-14 Tomcats on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. We were going from the northeast coast of North America to the straights of Gibraltar. For about an entire week we went thru a storm that had waves so high they would come inside one hangar bay door and go out the other one: I think that's about 50 feet or so. They closed the doors real quick, but it was a trip.

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