It's amazing how many ways Biblical text can be interpreted and the fact that the same people are willing to interpret the exact same text differently for their own selfish and self-serving purposes, as the need arises.
With the Festival of Sukkot, we mark a transition. The great gift that Judaism holds out to us it to be mindful of the phases of our lives, so that we don't rush through it, thoughtlessly, but we take a moment to step out of the rat race.
To deny our aging is to deprive ourselves of critical information that can focus our attention and yield deeper, lasting satisfactions. True perspective -- and, I'd argue true peace of mind -- can only come from an open and full embrace of reality.
The old king, David, is dead. It is time to pick his successor as king. In retrospect it seems obvious that his son, Solomon, was his rightful heir. In the moment, however, the matter of succession to the throne is highly contested.
While it might seem "authentic" to parade around one's flawed inner world, not only is it not inappropriate to mask these character deficiencies, it is rather part and parcel of the healthy growth process of an actualized person.
Despite the fact that our nation is in crisis, our political leadership refuses to let its guard down long enough to abandon political posturing and to find a compromise that will improve our economic problems.