Monday, October 20, 2008

A thought for this Hoshana Rabbah.

We are sent a mixed message during Sukkot for one the one hand, we are commanded to be exclusively happy and on the other hand, there is a constant undertone of darkness and constant calls for salvation, Hoshannah, as we say over and over again, in our prayers. So close to the end of Yom Kippur, could we really be in such trouble?

If my experience at the gym today is any indication, we really are in trouble! Hoshannah:

On the radio on the way to the gym, a new poll is discussed on the radio indicating that 80% of people think this country is headed in the wrong direction.

Hoshannah - Save Us.

Doing my cardio workout, the TV screen to the left has the Jerry Springer show, titled “Love Triangle Fights” and when I look up, a brief campaign to get Jerry an Emmy.

Hoshannah, Hoshannah.

The TV on the right has some show lead by a woman named Tyra interviewing couples with intimacy problems which they are evidently sharing with the audience and the TV viewing world.

Hoshannah, Hoshannah, Hoshannah.

The TV in front of me, CNN, has a running commentary on the elections, trading barbs and arguments, and lacking any content. Oy. Oy. Oy.

Hoshannah, Hoshannah, Hoshannah, Hoshannah.

Fortunately, being with the family is exclusively happy...

Best wishes for a Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah sameach. Let’s hope those willows we beat this morning bring about the Hoshannot we so desperately need.

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