Estranged From A Superfast, Interconnected World

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By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz –

We have just concluded a huge block of history, religion and traditions. The High Holy Days concluded with the festival of Sukkot (harvest festival, taken by the Pilgrims as Thanksgiving in the USA). Columbus Day recalled the arrival of the explorer to this continent. And Halloween challenged kids’ teeth and brought out the goblins.

November commences with All Saints Day (1st), followed by Dia de Los Muertos (2nd). Within a week we will vote for the President of the United States (6th). And later this month we remember our Veterans sacrifices (11th). November concludes with the beginning of The Season and Thanksgiving Day (22nd).

For all that we have participated in, for all that we have watched whiz by, we are blessed to be in a land where we have choices. Calendar dates are just that…mere numbers on a page.

How we spend those hours shows the world and ourselves the value of time and the importance of time well spent.

For some, holy days and festivals are not important enough to stop and attend to.

For others, the sports of this season will become rituals to supersede rituals of religion and communal history.

Many will feel left out or abandoned by the activities of the world. Because of loneliness, illness, limited family access and other factors, they become estranged from the superfast, interconnected world spinning around them.

So much for so many to do. So little for the abandoned, the lonely to make their own.

A lesson of November: open our eyes; become more welcoming and compassionate. Maybe with all these festivals, holy days and significant calendar dates, each of us will do one more thing to help those hidden among us.

Let’s prove to the world that, as we allow the sun to shine through the windows of our homes, we can also use those windows to see outside, beyond our boundaries.

Maybe we will make November special not only for ourselves and our families, but for someone “out there” who is not as busy as we.

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