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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

Chag Fatigue


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From Rabbi David

I find it all too easy to get exhausted with all of the chagim (holidays) this time of year. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah - I mean really, who thought it was a good idea to bunch all of these days together into one month?!

But then again, there is something sacred about recognizing this time of year as different from all other times in the year. Not so much so that we can see this month as unique and separate from all the others, but perhaps, so we can be inspired by this month to make all the others just a little more special.

The Hebrew month right after this month is called MarCheshvan - the "bitter" month of Cheshvan and that's because it is bereft of any Jewish holidays. It is as if the Jewish calendar is showing us the two extremes - a month full of holidays and a month with none and asking us which we prefer. I might be exhausted from the holidays now but I can tell you from past years that I will miss them come MarCheshvan.

So I want to invite you to embrace these moments of celebration. We still have Sukkot and Simchat Torah to look forward to until they are gone for another year. Don't miss out on all of the fun because of chag fatigue. You'll regret it in a month.

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