Friday, August 30, 2013

Shabbat Nitzavim-VaYelech: Getting It

Seventh of Seven Sabbaths of Consolation: Following Tisha b'Av, there are seven prophetic readings of consolation - all from Isaiah - that comfort us after the Black Fast and prepare us, emotionally and spiritually, for the upcoming High Holidays.

To Abq Jew, consolation and That Thing You Do! are, of course, synonymous.

In Week 1, Abq Jew introduced (or re-introduced) you to TTYD! the movie. In Week 2, Abq Jew guided you through the first of the many, many great songs from TTYD!

In Week 3, Abq Jew was honored to introduce you to Del Paxton and Marguerite. In Week 4, Abq Jew (along with PBS!) paid tribute to the Girl Groups of the '50s and '60s.

In Week 5, and in continued celebration of the First Birthday of his First Grandchild (see The Fable of the Goat (מעשה העז)) - Abq Jew spoke in favor of youthful exuberance. In Week 6, Abq Jew showed you the most beautiful prayer in the Torah:

Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the land that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.

And now, here we are (who said "At last"?) in Week 7, the final Sabbath of Consolation. What, Abq Jew hears you ask, have we learned?

To answer your question, Abq Jew would like you to view Behind the Scenes, which describes with candor what it took to make TTYD!.

Did you see The Move that Mr White (Tom Hanks) makes at 4:35, during The Wonders' performance of Dance With Me? (OK ... Abq Jew hereby grants you permission to skip to that part.)

To Abq Jew, The Move is the highlight of the entire movie. The Move shows that Mr White Gets It. It's not about the business, the fame, or even the fortune.

It's about the music.

As we, the Jewish community of Albuquerque and beyond. move away from Tisha b'Av and toward the High Holidays - let's keep in mind what it's all about. It's not about who got the best seats, who got an aliyah, or even the rabbi's sermon.

It's about returning to the Source.

Shabbat Shalom, Albuquerque!
Good Shabbos, New Mexico! 
Happy Labor Day, America!

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