First response of 2013 is here.
The last response of 2013?
At 5:37:58 pm on October 4th facing the river from the underpass I saw this.
At 5:38:53 pm I took two steps toward the river and turned to see this:
Have a great New Year’s Eve and a Happy 2014.
A few more joyful views to send you out of 2013.
Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.
Rituals – we all have them. Some are ordained by religion or government, some we develop naturally within our lives. The human mind seems to insist on ritual to help frame our existence, to sooth us with their repetitive nature, an anchor in our lives.
Why else do a million or so people freeze their rear ends off for hours: penned like sheep in little areas proscribed by police; with not a bathroom available; in Times Square to watch a ball slide down a pole as they chant, 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, then blow a horn or kiss for the New Year? Why else do millions of other people in different time zones celebrate their own ritual and watch them on TV?
I saw a different kind of New Year’s ritual yesterday.
Tashlikh is part of the Rosh Hashanah observance.