October is upon us..and we're just 36 days away from saving our democracy. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee and thanks for clicking through. Today it's going to be a "short shot"...so much going on from getting ready for Yom Kippur (starts this evening) to manning a voter registration booth at Noon. Anyway... But, let's go.
I've been on this planet for some time and have never seen such a solid display of disregard that this president projects every day. Now to even suggest that he may not leave office when defeated in November is astounding. He campaigns on a platform of "law and order" but there has never been such an open hostility toward law and order. And, really, some of you still support him.
Right now, on our refrigerator, there is a magnetic cut-out of Justice Bader Ginsburg. It came with all sorts of items you can "dress" her with. The fact that my Bride put it up is telling. She is not the "political" person that I am...but she was deeply moved by the life and the work of Justice Bader Ginsburg. I look at it daily and am reminded of how much she did for men and for women. Equal really does mean equal.
Tonight, at sundown, begins Yom Kippur. It is said the holiest day of the Jewish Calendar. It is a day that we attempt to atone for our sins be they be against G-d or the men and women we have connected with. The interesting thing about the day is that we can only pray that our sins against G-d are absolved...but the sins against our fellow humans must be dealt with in person...by asking for forgiveness. It is a day that we give up food and water and other pleasures. We'll be doing the services via Zoom...such a strange place we are in.
One of the stirring passages that we read tomorrow is this from Isaiah 58: 5-7: "Is this the fast I have chosen: a day for a man to deny himself, to bow his head like a reed, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast and a day acceptable to the LORD? Isn't this the fast that I have chosen: to break the chains of wickedness, to untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and to tear off every yoke? Isn’t it to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your home, to clothe the naked when you see him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
Powerful...and may you be written into the Book of Life.
Thanks for reading...and have a great Sunday.