Once again, a procrastinated post. But better late than not at all, I hope. Having settled on the subject of “consolation prizes” a while back, I’ll stick with that theme and begin with this: During the week of November 4, the anniversary of our aliyah to
16 years ago, I drove around town taking photos of the breathtaking fall
foliage. It was one of the most colorful autumn seasons in my recent memory and
I was thrilled to have the time to drink it all in. I maintain that this natural wonder, which does not occur to the same degree in Eretz Yisrael
(the land of Israel) as in parts of chu"l (outside the Land), is a consolation prize for those of us who are physically
po (here) but mentally, emotionally and/or spiritually shom
(there). You know where I’m going with that, don’t you….? So this post
will be peppered with some of the pics that Shani and I took. Please respond with your
ooohs and ahhhs.
I see it as a consolation prize of sorts as we wait for what life will be like when the entire world is united under G-d’s Kingship. (A Rosh Hashanah concept but applicable all year round.) And as everyone knows by now, since Thanksgivukkah won’t happen again for another seventy-thousand-some-odd years (and even that is questionable), it does offer a unique opportunity to contemplate that vision of a fantastic future.
Although our trees are nearly leaf-less now and Thanksgivukkah is almost behind us, Chanukah will continue for another seven light-filled days. There is so much written about the power of the Chanukah flames. May we merit to tap into their holiness.
Chanukah is one of my most special times – if not, the most - to Remember Jerusalem as it is the first holiday that we celebrated there after our aliyah and the only holiday that we commemorate for an event that happened on holy soil; at a site so accessible to us today. That’s much more than a consolation prize and something to give much thanks about.
Wishing you a Happy Chanukah