|An Orchard of Pomegranates, published in Krakow, 1591.|
From the Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library.
The ancient kabbalists, in illustrating ideas of balance and harmony, taught that to have the ability to harm is also to have the capacity to heal. In a regrettable post on The Magpie Mason last month, I wrote something that risked possibly harming the most senior officers of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and today I apologize for that. (If you saw the post in question before I deleted it, you know what it’s about; if you didn’t, then take my word for it—I failed to subdue my passions, flunked the rhetoric test, and embarrassed my own Grand Lodge.) It is my hope the brethren of Pennsylvania might forgive and also accept this sincere effort to heal.
For more than four and a half years, I have tried to make The Magpie Mason a positive source of information, and because the original transgression appeared here, it is here that I share this apology. And I have a more personal message for RW Smith and RW Bateman that goes into the mail today. This should have come sooner, but the right words had to arise on their own, without deadline or duress.