This is my kind of celebration. When I was a kid I loved reenactments of historical events. To that end, I have a wish list of historical figures I've always wanted to meet. Moses and Leah top my list.
The Jewish Sages of old implemented rituals of remembrance and practice that utilized all possible communicative stimulants that their era presented them with. Perhaps we will be inspired to apply their historic challenge to the trials of our age.
As a rational Jew, I can't help but wonder why we give Elijah such a grand role. When stepping back and thinking about Elijah, we have an intellectual quandary to solve: is Elijah worthy of his place at our tables?
Liu Xiaobo was unable to be in Oslo to collect his Nobel Peace Prize. He is just one year into an 11-year jail sentence for subversion because he penned an open letter calling for democratic reforms in China.