Sunday, October 4, 2015

Keep looking up

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These are such sad and terrible times inside and just across our borders lately, I have to keep urging myself:  "Keep looking up."

Especially now, on Hoshana Raba and on Simchat Torah, which is supposed to be a joyous holiday.
Simchat Torah mean Rejoicing in the Torah.
In Orthodox synagogues the men dance and sing with the Torah scrolls, while in Reform and liberal congregations the women and children join in in carrying the scrolls and everyone celebrates together.
The last parasha or portion of the last book, Deuteronomy, is chanted.
To keep the reading cycle going unbroken, the scroll is either rewound or a different scroll is opened and the first chapter of Genesis is begun immediately.

And so life goes on, at least for the lucky ones.
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10 comments:

Spiderdama said...

So many sad things that happen.. but, yes, intent to look up. Beautiful picture!

Gosia k said...

what a great tree love from Poland

William Kendall said...

It's hard, given the state of the world, to feel optimistic at times.

Cloudia said...

Stay Strong Sister

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful picture, Dina !
Keep looking up !

Come Away With Me said...

Yes, keep looking up! It's difficult at times, I know. That is a wonderful tree fern - so tall and lush.

Dina said...

Thanks, friends!

Ah, a tree fern, that's what it's called. Thanks, S.

Birdman said...

Wow! What a surprise. Love this one! Even in difficult times this might bring a grin.

Anonymous said...

That's a good proposition...

crystal said...

I've been reading about the troubles there in the news. I hope you guys stay safe! Prayers.