Fluctuating Values, Ancient Traditions


Today.  There was a lot of illusion in life today.  The illusion was about who we thought we were.


So begins the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Today. 


It was Thomas Payne who said, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” 


Payne lived through revolutionary times.  These days so did I. 


Money helps create the illusions of grandeur in this life.  We fool ourselves. 

Unetaneh Tokef is a prayer that the Jews recite during the High Holy Days about the perils of the year to come.  The perils are all around us in America, as the banking system is on the brink, the value of all currency, of the things that help sustain illusion:   


How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
Who shall live and who shall die…
Who shall be at peace and who shall be pursued,
Who shall be exalted and who shall be brought low…



Engaged with us in modern life and rooted in the ancient world which we have all inherited is this God.  He is always there with us through the suffering. 


Everything was going to be alright.  It was a good time to pray.  







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