As Naomi and I took our seats, a woman carrying a cute baby made her way to the seats behind us. As we waved and smiled at the baby, the woman remarked, "I think I know that look, you left your child at home or under someone else's care for the evening." This led to some serious laughter on our parts. It was at the start of Rosh Hashanah at erev RH dinner that the host thought we were dating, now we have progressed in this period to Yom K to be married and have kids.
The service was nice, I'm searching for the Kol Nidre meditation that I found rather moving. I also never realized till I started looking for the meditation that the Kol Nidre prayer is something that anti-Semites point to as a fact that Jews can't be trusted. They say that the prayer absolves Jews of all vows and obligations, and lets them cheat- silly anti-Semites don't understand that it refers to vows to G-d not man. "Antisemitism is the socialism of fools," said Augustus Bebel.
The day o' atonement continued the next morning. I found a rather interesting shift had taken place in the prayers for our country and for Israel. The prayer for our country goes:
Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your blessings for our country, for its government, for its leader and advisors, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority. Teach them insights of Your Torah, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst.
While the prayer for the State of Israel says:
Shield it with Your lovingkindness, envelop it in Your peace, and bestow Your light and truth upon its leaders, ministers, and advisors, and grace them with Your good counsel.
In the past, I had prayed for the US domestically and Israel externally- protect us from the Bush admin, and protect Israel from outside foes. This year, it changed up a bit. As we gave the prayer for the country, I said out loud, "God bless Barack Obama," which got a few amens. Meanwhile, I prayed for Israel's protection from the zealots in government.
After services, Naomi and I lounged around my place- trying not to think about the hunger. We found a great cure to take care of the waning time before we could eat- sheshbesh (backgammon). The game required just enough concentration to take our minds off food. We broke our fast over some pretzel sticks dipped in dulce de leche and some turkish coffee and Argentine pomelo soda, before gorging ourselves on yuppie Middle Eastern food at a nice place called the Desert Rose. Harissa-covered baked brie, chicken kabobs with garlic mayo, not a bad way to break the fast.
Yesterday I was a guest at a journalism class to discuss my photo exhibit. Prof. Pat Dean saw my exhibit and was gracious enough to invite me to speak in the "digital homeroom" class. I began my lecture by making everyone close their laptops. I said, "you don't need to take notes, and your facebook status can wait." I spoke a little about my work, and explained about the original Family of Man exhibit. I brought in a pub d case study on the Family of Man and had a few people read out loud to get everyone on the same page. Then I discussed how I created my exhibit and the history behind the specific photos that were up on the wall.
I then ducked out and back to my own class, which was taking place on Pub D LatAm. We were discussing the differences between Kennedy and Johnson's policies towards Latin America, how we had a switch from democracy promotion to nonintervention and stability. We looked at the Peace Corps' role in pd, and the case of their expulsion from Bolivia in 1971. The expulsion came about over anger over the US assassination of Che in Bolivia (see under: the CIA's greatest hits) and Peace Corps promotion of contraceptives (see under: know your audience, especially in a conservative society).
Shockingly, because it seems like I just got back, but midterms are starting up and I remain superbusy.