Saturday, December 25, 2010

Deja Jew

Went for a brisk walk this morning to clear my head, and had an amazing realization:

Christmas is the one day of the year when America feels like Shabbat in Jerusalem.

Everything's closed. Nobody's driving. It's QUIET.

(Of course, on Shabbat you're probably not using the one day stores are closed to revel in unbridled commercialism at home with loved ones, but still...)

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jennifer in MamaLand said...

My thought - it's the day the world "gets" Shabbos.
Shavua Tov!

12/26/2010 12:24 AM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Pronouns have been clarified.

12/28/2010 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Love this connection!! Well done, Mama and thank goodness for long walks and clarifying thoughts! :) Happy New Year to you and yours!!

12/31/2010 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several years ago, also on a walk, my husband and I noticed the same thing about Thanksgiving. Lovely.
I take exception to your depiction of Christmas - we were home revelling in unbridled allthefamilytogetherness. Jenny

1/06/2011 6:16 PM  
OpenID techelet said...

Interesting connection. And this year, with Christmas actually falling on Shabbat - it was pretty nice. We're celebrating different things, but in a somewhat similar way.

1/06/2011 9:57 PM  

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