Happy Footballkeyclausika Everyone!


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By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz –

Summer – with its heat and monsoons has finally given us a reprieve. Fall – with its New England images of leaves and cool mornings presents us with a new view of our tomorrow. Winter – with its lower temperatures and shorter daytime gives us a chill.

So with all that we have experienced, what’s new about the coming New Year? Annually, we note the arrival of this new season with Halloween pumpkins and black hats and black cats; the appearance of turkeys and boughs of green leaves and berries. Then the stores place Santa, menorahs and tinsel on their shelves.

Not this year!

All the above seemed to arrive at the same time, maybe even on the same day!

It’s now all contained in one special time of the year called, NOT SUMMER.

We see the blending of festivals into holidays, and holidays into ceremonies and ceremonies into events. At the same time, it seems that the one unchanging factor is football.

For weeks on end, starting in the summer…in August! …we watch giant humans tossing and falling and running across green (or not so green) fields for hours at a time. The realities of pain and injury, of success and failure, of the good guys vs. the bad guys appear on every TV (and mobile device, too) for hours, on multiple days each week.

Fantasies are brought to life. Food is spread out like sands in the desert. Hopes are developed for even more games, and championships, with Jolly Green Giant sized award rings and trophies. And adults become kids, though more aggressive.

It’s just Fall, people. It’s still just a new season. But the smashing together of the holidays, celebrations, events and football games necessitates calling it by a new name, to recognize this new sensation.

Maybe we should call it Footballkeyclausika, and take our presents and cards, our Fantasy Football lists, our holly and circles of greenery and black mummies, with the cranberries, and recognize the mash for what it truly is…an opportunity to get out of the house without melting into the asphalt and a time to breathe fresh air that doesn’t feel like the hair-dryer just turned around.

Come and join in our weird celebration of Footballkeyclausika, and may the best decorations win!


For more than a quarter-century, Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. has been active in his support of civil and human rights, and the positive efforts of law enforcement. A volunteer police chaplain, he works part-time as the Coordinator of Hospital Chaplaincy for Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and lectures on related subjects . You may contact him at rrlkdd@hotmail.com.

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