I don’t generally celebrate (American) Thanksgiving. My Thanksgiving is more in line of how and when the Pilgrims created the holiday. That was a version of Sukot, the harvest festival. More akin to Canadian Thanksgiving, which coincides with my holiday. (Think about it. What harvest would you reap in late November?)
So, when I visited my son (he lives in Downtown Manhattan), I just had to visit my old library haunts. One of them is the main library building in Manhattan- the one in Bryant Park. (This used to be the site of the prime reservoir for New York City; the water supply moved upstate and this site because the library.) The other was the library that used to be open 24-7, the Mid-Manhattan Library.
Today is the first of two days of the new month. The month of Elul. The month before Rosh Hashana (which month is called Tishrei). This means there is no moon in the sky last night or tonight. (The Tora says- ‘there was evening, there was morning’; the day starts on the eve…)
We always knew that the real life examples we provide are what really teach our kids. Sometimes, our examples are what they want to emulate. Sometimes, it’s the opposite of what they hope to see. Now, it turns out that fathers sharing household duties are critical factors in the raising of daughters.