If you’re reading this post during October, it’ll soon be Halloween – that great Jewish holiday.
Last week it was back to the future day. Thirty years since the first movie came out, and 26 years since “Back to the Future II” when Marty and the Doc arrived on October 21, 2015, it has been both nostalgic to re-watch the movies, and fun to see what predictions came to be and which are still fantasy. Last week also happened to be the week in the annual cycle of Torah reading that we read parsha Lech L’cha, which means ‘Go Forth’ — how appropriate!
The people in our lives can sometimes surprise us. “Why did she say that?” “Who would do that?” “What was he thinking?” These are questions that come to mind when our expectations of what someone might do or say are challenged, or when someone says or does things that run contrary to what we ourselves might do or say.
Last week Rabbi Heidi Hoover wrote on this blog:
As an irrepressible, even relentless, optimist, I hold great hope for Jewish life in America. I wonder if that is because I fell in love with Judaism as an adult. It is true that I carry no terrible memories of Hebrew school as many do — nor resentment born of feelings of outright rejection by non-Jews or Jews. At the same time, having been raised in a secular home, I had no lovely memories of Passover seders or singing in the glowing light of an heirloom Hanukkah menorah, sitting with my bubbe [grandmother] in shul, or seeing my parents involved with their faith tradition.
“Keep yourself far from a lie; and do not kill the innocent and righteous; for I will not justify the wicked.” -Exodus 23:7
I am a fan of The Twilight Zone, the TV series from the 1960s created by Rod Serling (Jewish!). Each episode is a story of science fiction, or psychodrama, or mystery, or horror, often with a twist ending.
“My son-in-law is so lovely, and he and my daughter are very happy, and I’m happy for them. But he’s so Italian, and Catholic. He’s not very religious, but I don’t know. I’m so worried because I can see that it’s going to be… different.”
I have a confession. I had intended to post this blog on Friday, but I’m only getting around to it today tonight. I have just felt so busy this week.