I have railed repeatedly against folks taking vitamin supplements. Because they generally don’t provide the vitamins the way the body needs them. The exceptions that actually make sense? Vitamin D when folks live in the northern climes and Vitamin B12 for those who are pregnant and a few other cases.
Last week, I got up and began my normal routine. Brushed my teeth, washed my face, and meandered over to the computer I use to review my blog posts one last time before I post them. Read a few blogs from others and help them garner some notoriety (via twitter and Google plus). Except…
I have been saving up this subject for a while. Because I wanted to be able to provide it a unique spin. Unfortunately, the spin is not really the one I was hoping to provide, but it needs to be discussed. But, first, some introduction.
NOTE: I have had enough. I must speak out. NOW.
I have written before about my experiences as a child and young adult. (I also spoke about groups spewing hatred. Also here.) Where, despite living in Metropolitan New York, my neighborhood was 99.9% Catholic, Irish and Italian. And most of the kids went to Catholic school, where they were taught that the Jews killed Christ. And, my brother and I were explicitly taught that we were going to be the targets of their vengeance.
Welcome to 5777. That’s the year, according to Jewish Tradition. We’ve just finished Sukot, one of the 3 Festivals delineated in the Tora (the others are Pesach [Passover] and Shvuot [Pentecost]), a time of joy and celebration. The past two holidays of this month were called Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur)- in other words, they were holy days and not holidays.
Tomorrow night is the 7th day of Sukot. It’s called Hoshana Raba. Kind of like a mini-Yom Kipur. During services, we destroy the willow branches that are part of the Lulav and Etrog (see the picture below) we’ve employed during this holiday. We either do this because it was part of the rain bringing rituals that existed centuries ago- or to remind us of repentance. (The origin of the practice is simply not clear to us today.)
Every day we hear how our electronic safety is non-existent. Our eMails are hacked. Yahoo “checks” your eMail on behalf of the US government. Our electric grid is attacked and shut down (thankfully, only in a narrow geographical region and not nationwide- yet!).