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Sweet and Sour
I am totally out of sync.
The Jewish calendar sets aside certain times of year for joy and others for sadness. In late winter, the month of Adar ushers in a time of celebration. However, this past year a string of familial illnesses and problems began on the first of Adar and continued through the Spring. The happiest time of the year for me was a fun-filled summer spent with my children -- which coincided with the month of Av on the Jewish calendar during which Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. This fall, the time of the joyous holiday of Sukkot coincided with a new period of sadness for our family -- as my step-grandmother was hospitalized.
I feel intense emotional dissonance. What do you do when you feel like dancing on Tisha b'av and mourning on Simchat Torah?
In this week's Torah portion...
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