It is curious that we are privileged to welcome the beginning of the academic year with the beginning of the Jewish year. And on top if it all, the interim chancellor is Jewish! Coincidence? I think not. Perhaps this is a clever scheduling kuntz
(yiddish - meaning joke or trick) from our brothers at the association of the Elders of Zion. But alas, if only it were so!
As both the academic and Jewish years begin, we all have the opportunity to truly reflect on ourselves as students, as people. Where else in the world do the pressures of alcohol and sex and violence and especially gossip come into play more than the college campus? Sad but true, the dorms are breeding grounds for drama drama drama!
So now not only do we have the ability but more so the obligation to take a good look at ourselves and decide how we are going to act this year. We should ask ourselves how we can do our parts to fix this broken world.
As Yom Kippur 2006, or what I'd like to call YKYK6, draws near (Sunday night) we are amidst what the tradition calls Yamim Nora'im, the terrible days. We are encouraged to confront everyone that we have wronged this past year and beg for forgiveness. We are to contemplate the fragility of life, and hope that this year we will be written in the book of life, and not that other scary codex (check out www.bookofdeath.com).
But have no fear, hopefully you will be exonerated this year! (....Unless you've been naughty....you'd better watch out, you'd better not cry, you'd better not pout, I'm telling you why, the Lord Almighty's writing you down!)
So I figure ... if we're going to have a clean slate come Monday night ... why not live it up a little in the meantime?
Ever wondered what lobster tastes like?
Ever felt the thrill of drinking milk straight from the carton?
Ever had the urge to push all the buttons in the elevator?
Or to leave the toilet seat up?
YOU HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT!
So ... in conclusion ...
To all I have wronged this year, please forgive me. I have times when I am an asshole, and I regret my mistakes, and seek to change my ways this coming year.
Gmar Tov Yall!
Have an easy fast!