Go on a Cruise—Keep the Sabbath and Introspection
I recently went to a sales promotion for a cruise line trip. Their strongest pitch and the one they opened the presentation with (after the pretty girl of course) was that on the cruise trip you were the master of your own time.
The visual imagery they used was throwing into a garbage can, your cell phone, day-timer and computer. Be your own master again and work on your own body clock was the sale point.
If one follows the bible, we get to take a cruise every Saturday. We don't turn on our phone, cells, or e-mail and take a break from the work week. Three thousand five hundred years ago, long before any of this was invented; G-d said spend the day in meditation about where you came from and where you are going.
Today is a day of retrospection, because we remember the destruction of the two temples and various mishaps that have burdened the Jewish People. We call the day, Tishabov, meaning the eight day of this Hebrew Month with the name of Ov.
It is considered the saddest day of the Jewish year and we mourn for our losses and murders over the recorded modern History.
It is also considered the day with the most potential for our sadness to end and for the new world to start.
May you be blessed with love and kindness and compassion and be this truly be the beginning of the Utopian world that we all long to live in. In the meantime let's go to work.
since today is a day of Introspection, here is a test to start you mind thinking