Unlike some new year's celebrations, and in a typical Jewish way, this year is marked with a festival meal and with high hopes for the future, but also with reflection on the things that one did during the past year that, on thinking for more than a nanosecond, one would not have done.
Since Jews believe that one cannot even start to ask God for forgiveness until you ask forgiveness from fellow humans, I ask forgiveness from any reader whom I treated badly in any way during this past year.
I'm not going to go on about secular things, the bailout, the upcoming debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden or the spin on things from John McCain and Barack Obama.
I am going to say, however, that God has a sense of humor that is sometimes hard to fathom. Don't believe it? Think about Florida, November 2000. So, i guess the message is be ready for anything.
A couple of things about which I'm a little surprised. First, I'm a little surprised that My Bob, the furniture shouter, hasn't marketed a mattress with a safe in it for storing your money until the markets straighten out. On the other hand, I have a Bob-O-Pedic mattress and it's all that he says it is.
I'm a little surprised that Sarah Palin is still on the ticket. I think the crew of Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart and every other topical comedian in the world have taken up a collection and sent it to McCain 2008 with the proviso that she remain on the ticket.
Anyway, that's enough. Thanks to all who stop by this posting regularly, thanks to Moti and Rev and Paul and Andrea and Malka and the rest of you who really care what I write. It's humbing to say the least.
I'm taking a few days off to celebrate the holidays, play with the grandchildren and to start to fathom the myriad ways I can improve myself.
To those in the Tribe, Shana Tova.
Until next time...