As Jews, we count a lot. We count the number of days from the new moon until the upcoming holiday (i.e. on the 15th of the first month); we count the days from Pesach to Shavuot, from freedom to receiving the Torah; we count the days until Brit Milah; we count the days from Shabbat to Shabbat. I find myself counting lots of other things these days, such as:
- the number of days until Religious School starts (13)
- the number of textbooks I need to order (several hundred)
- the number of Faculty Manuals that need to be prepared (30)
- the number of years young I turned at my last birthday (50)
- the number of years of marriage Maury and I will be celebrating in just a few weeks (25)
- the number of weeks until my father comes to visit us in San Antonio (7)
- the number of months until both Kenny and Missy graduate from college (about 9)
The list goes on, but you get the idea.
We are taught to number our days. I always thought this was a strange idea. I have come to understand, however, that if we are cognizant of the limited number of days that we each have on earth, we can be more aware of what we do with them. In other words, make every day count.
Please join in the conversation, commenting on my posts, or sharing your own thoughts on the theme of the day as we prepare for the High Holy Day season.