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Friday, November 14, 2008

Mar-Cheshvan


I don't know if you feel it, but I do. That bitterness. The feeling of this month dragging on, engulfing us so that we have nothing but rain and sadness.

I remember in Seminary. Everyone who was a "maven" said that November was like, the worst month to get through. Nothing to look forward to, no off days, nothing. And they were pretty much right. It was rainy, I was homesick, and it felt like the year would not end.

Now I'm one of those big mavens who have seminary girls over and tell them words of wisdom. I hear them kvetching, and I feel their pain. At this point, it does feel like Pesach, forget about June, is just skipping this year and instead we are having November over and over again.

But its not true. I, unlike them, do know that things fly by. Soon it will be Chanukah, and everyone knows that by chanukah, the year is over. And they will go home, and cry that they want to stay. Who knows where Ill be?

Its funny. Because I am happy here in E'Y. But I have to say, that now that Im finally settling down, I started feeling twinges of homesickness. Im not one of those girls who kvetch about going home every day, because they have to sift flour or because they just cant take it. Im ok. I just started feeling like I am really far away from my family at home. I miss them. I miss Sundays. I miss not being alone in the afternoons, and always having somewhere to go and hang out.

Is that a crime?

20 comments:

nmf #7 said...

Glad to hear you're settling in...although the weather we've been having is great for November!

If you get bored- with nothing to do- there are many things to do here in E"Y that would keep you quite busy, if you'd like to be that way.

Jacob Da Jew said...

I hate to break it to you but Mar-Cheshvan is called that based on the Babylonian name of the month, not "Mar" as in bitter.

And Mazal Tov.

AidelKnaidel said...

Yes, but in school there is always the dvar torah that Mar is for bitter, because there are no yomim tovim in Cheshvan and all that.

Thanks.

Inspired said...

I agree with nmf #7- If you wanna get busy, I can listing how!

הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

Cheshvan is actually the happiset month in yeshiva- finally, no distractions to stop you from sinking your teeth into learning and keeping a steady schedule!

And; don't think of America. It's a cursed country. It's Jews haven't learned the lessons og G-d's punishments during the holocaust and still go against His will by residing in a foreign land although G-d has opened the way to His land for Jews....long story(!), though I know 'Haredim' have their own opinions...

הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

Oh, and like Jacob said; 'Mar' = 'bitter' is just an anecdote. 'Mar' means 'master' in Aramaic. ...most of the month names in Hebrew are actually names of Babylonian idolatries..regretabely..(some Rabinic athourities try not to use them as much as the Hebrew names we know for the months)...

Jacob Da Jew said...

Shelomo: Who the hell are you? Cursed country? G-d's punishment?

Go **** yourself! (Sorry Aidel but thsi prick is outta line)

הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

Hey Jacob.

Who am I? Can't miss it, got my whole name there!

Listen friend; in many ways it's a cursed country for the Jews (though perhaps 'acursed' would be a better word). I mean, there are obviously quite a variety of perpectives on the subject, but it is my opinion that (for whatever reason) America and the West today serve the Jews as distractions from the greatest miracle G-d has performed for them in the past few thousand years. We quickly overlook the opertunity offered our people through Israel due to a limited view of our history, causing only a small minority from among us to take advantage of it.

I mean, Jews have lived as 'acceptable minorities' in countries like America for quite a while. The overall outcome of that has rarely been too positive. If anything America is somewhat more suspicious of Jews (in particular) than many European countries.

Also: I emphasized not thinking too much of 'America' (or 'Brooklyn', or whatever the situation may be) for someone already living in Israel at the moment. It's kind of like the ancient Israelites being nostalgic about Egypt just after they succeeded in leaving; 'once you're out don't start idealizing it'..

Do you not agree?

Thanks for spelling my name "Shelomo" by the way!

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