A Cycle of Life in Lockdown
Posted on September 18, 2020
First it was Easter (the crucifixion to the resurrection), then Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (the end of Ramadan and the 10th day of the Hajj), and now the 10-day holy period of Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur (New Year’s Day to The Day of Atonement) which begins tonight.
In Australia, all taking place under some sort of lockdown.
It’s as if God had said to all who believed in him:
Look, I created this pandemic for a reason. And you still haven’t worked it out by now? Hint: be nice to one another.
Which is actually interesting when you think about it, because Rosh Hashanah isn’t actually the start of a new Jewish calendar year at all, rather the symbolic beginning of a new cycle of life.
It’s a 10-day period where God is said to look down (a bit like Santa) and consider, “Ok. Who’s been naughty or nice?” And 10 days later, according to Jewish tradition, each person’s fate is sealed.
Which all means that maybe, by Christmas, we all might have worked out that we are, indeed, One World of many beliefs grounded in “The One”, and Australia in its fight against Covid-19 might have become a blessing for all the world to follow.
Now, why can’t we just get a politician to say all that?
© 2020 Adam Parker.