It’s Thursday afternoon, and I can smell chicken cooking in the oven.
Stella is feeling great, the kids are home, and she is making everyone’s favorite dishes for Shabbat.
When people cook for you and bring over prepared food, it’s very nice. We really can’t thank everyone enough who has helped out.
But it’s been too long since we have had the smell of cooking chicken waft through the house on a Thursday afternoon. The smell tells me more than that we are all going to have a nice dinner on Friday night. It makes our home feel special and wonderful and that everything is o.k.
Perhaps the most striking thing about the lives of Orthodox Jews is the weekly Shabbat — Sabbath. A complicated set of rules and traditions governs every aspect of our lives from the time the sun sets on Friday evening until the appearance of stars on Saturday night.
While it may look like a period of restrictions — no work, driving, telephoning, sending e-mails, Facebooking, etc, the reality is that it is a time of communal celebration. While you could say that the prayer service in the synagogue is the most important part of Shabbat, I would argue that the festive meals we have with friends and family is just as central, if not more.
We have always enjoyed special Shabbatot (Sabbaths.) And in a few hours, we will once again begin this weekly ritual that the Jewish people have maintained for as long as there has been a Jewish people. We will see good friends and relish in each other’s company. We will take a break from work, school, and maybe even a break from cancer. I want to think about roasted chicken now, not chemotherapy.
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All the elected officials, journalists, and pundits who have spoken out are absolutely right to warn about the danger of hate speech.
I just wish they were genuinely upset about the topic and not just trying to score political points.
Adidas, the global sportswear company whose running shoes I have bought for the last time, has decided to join Brazil, Uruguay, and other under-achieving South American countries in a denial of history. Apparently, they demanded that the Jerusalem marathon not pass through any areas of “occupied” Jerusalem. So now, the organizers will make sure that none of us run that close to those “illegal” neighborhoods of the city. (Thanks Israel Matzav.)