Friday, September 3, 2010

Looking Forward to The Three-Day News Moratorium

At last year's Second International Jewish Bloggers Conference (will there be a third?) David Horowitz, Editor in Chief of the Jerusalem Post spoke about the news business.  He said that now that the paper is online, work can't cease for a minute.  The Jerusalem Post only closes for Yom Kippur, but he and his family are keeping more of Shabbat for their own sanity.  They need the break from the unpleasant realities of news.

As the resident hausfrau here in the jblogging capital of Shiloh, I don't really enjoy all the domestic preparations for the upcoming three day (2 days of Rosh Hashannah plus Shabbat) Jewish Holiday weekend, but I do enjoy the subsequent silence of the news, the media, the telephone etc.  Bad news can wait and good news is just as good delayed. 

I like to concentrate on the here and now of the prayers and community.

This is a reminder that the One in Charge is G-d Almighty, HaKadosh Baruch Hu, not Bibi, Obama nor Hillary.  This World, Olam HaZeh,  עולם הזה is fleeting, temporary, just preparation for the Next World, Olam HaBa עולם הבא and determines where G-d will place us.  Our actions buy our tickets.

Next Wednesday, before the sun goes down, we'll turn off and unplug the computer.  I'll light the first set of candles, take out my Machzor (Holiday Prayerbook) and pray to G-d that our Israeli politicians will transform into wise leaders and that G-d will forgive all our sins whether we properly repent or not.  We're only human, not angels.  We're riddled with faults and weaknesses.

Shabbat Shalom
Shannah Tovah
Ketiva Vechatima Tova
Gmar Chatima Tova


Sharon Katz said...

Batya, I am also looking forward hopefully to three days of holiness and real peace. Shana Tova to you and your readers. Thank you for always telling it like it is. - Sharon

Batya said...

Sharon, thank you for everything!

Sara Layah said...

Very well put, Batya!

Shana Tova to you and to all of your readers. In our homes and in our homeland may we know right from wrong - and choose right!

Batya said...

Sara Layah, thanks

Anonymous said...

You should change your bottom line wish to Ketiva Vechatima Tova. We're still before Rosh Hashana's shofar blowing.

Batya said...

added it, thanks