After a week of unseasonably warm weather, we find ourselves again in Winter. How do we cope with these rapid changes? How do we find ourselves in Spring, Summer and Winter all in the same 10 days?
Our tradition offers us suggestions. Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. Megillat Esther shows the repetition of history, the challenges of anti-Semitism and how the Holy One can be found in even the darkest moments. This week’s parsha of Ki Tissa shows us the power of artists, the sin of the Golden Calf, and the Holy One’s promise to allow repentance. We’ve got a lot going on!
What do these three sources have in common? All show that we have been there before and we will likely be in those places again. Our history is full of joy and gladness. It also had many moments of darkness and challenge. Most importantly, it tells us that we all have a role to play. It teaches that we have choices. We choose how we react. We can make positive or negative choices. We can react with enthusiasm or despair.
Is snow an inspiration to you or a loss? For me, I’m sitting and writing as my children watch Sesame Street. It’s going to be a challenging day to get work done, but it will also be extra family time. It’s going to be noisy and we will all get stir crazy, yet we will also hopefully have a lot of fun.
What will you do today? How will you use this time when the roads are dangerous?