Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Favorite Moon

On Tuesday evening a full moon illuminated the evening sky. It my favorite moon of the year. It is the full moon of Tishrei. It is the moon that I see through my sukkah's skhakh (roof)--every year. It is there--year in and year out, without fail. The full moon of Elul, on the other hand, gets me nervous. It signifies that I have only two weeks until Rosh Hashanah, two weeks to prepare, two weeks to finish sermons. The full moon, one month later, means that the High Holidays are behind us. I have given my sermons. I have recounted my sins. I have repented. This moon is my favorite because it means that we can rejoice. We can celebrate. We can sit in our sukkot and and be thankful for all that we have. We can eat and sleep in our sukkot and peer into our homes and be reminded how fortunate is our lot. In the Jewish year even the moons can lift our emotions.

1 comment:

Steve K. said...

Rabbi M.

For me... the moon is very special as well. Besides the beauty and comfort it provides us as citizens of the earth, it has always been a source of wonder and excitement. My childhood is full of memories of the Apollo missions and the excitement of seeing it unfold on color tv!

I remember walking to school and seeing the moon during the day and thinking about the brave astronauts walking on the moon at the same time. How cool!

I also remember experiencing a solar eclipse for the first time with my dad. We made a makeshift telescope with cardboard to capture the suns shadow as the moon passed by.

As an adult, you realize that the moon has been a beacon of light and source of power and inspiration since the beginning of mankind. The moon… a beautiful, powerful element of our existence that never ever disappoints. I love the moon!