This, too, shall pass

High Holy Days and a pause for the big picture.

Jack Engelhard, | updated: 13:25

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Jack Engelhard
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In a column that I wrote recently, I forgot to mention the sin about caring too much about nothing. 

Or rather, caring too much about things that are transient; things that come and go like the wind; events that are here today and gone tomorrow. 

For the sin of being slothful, I am guilty. You too, maybe?

How many hours have we spent, wasted, hyperventilating over an individual or an event that means everything at the moment, but won’t mean a thing in a year, or even tomorrow?

“This too shall pass,” a wisdom from King Solomon; wish I’d kept that in mind. Maybe I’ll do better next time.

This is the season, after all, to pray for second chances to correct our mistakes.

Mistakes. Where to begin? I just mentioned the sin of worrying about nothing. But maybe the bigger sin is worrying about EVERYTHING.

It is one thing to be hands-on for family and anything connected to the home. That’s how it should be.

But why am I reading The New York Times or Haaretz when I know EXACTLY what they are going to say, and ruin my day? 

If I listen to CNN or MSNBC or the BBC one more minute will any of them produce one kind word for Israel or for Trump? Not a chance.

I finally understand what King Solomon means when he says “all words are wearying” and that “with much wisdom comes much grief.” (Ecclesiastes)

I take that also to mean “with too much information” comes much grief.

My car radio was always tuned to classical music for Beethoven and Brahms. Now it’s always on the news, as if I need to know the latest from Schiff, Hillary, Pelosi and AOC, or what Geraldo has on his (empty) mind, or Debra Messing’s latest tweet, or Robert De Niro’s latest rant, in which he gives himself and all of humanity a bad reputation. 

All those words are wearying.

Ehud Barack? How did he get back into the picture, after doing what he did? Yet he is back and I spent too much time reacquainting myself with his actions as prime minister, virtually all to the detriment of the Jewish State – and yet there are people still listening to this guy and to others like him. So I worried about this …forgetting that this too shall (hopefully) pass.

Will America recover from this onslaught by the Democrats? This worry is legitimate, but agonizing over everything they say, that is too much information.

Will Israel’s politicians come to their senses, straighten up and fly right? The politicking is disorderly, unseemly and ridiculous, true.


Will America recover from this onslaught by the Democrats? Will Israel’s politicians come to their senses, straighten up and fly right?
But I have arrived at a different point of view, which is consoling, to me at least.

Nu – they are not in some barracks at Auschwitz, as were our parents and grandparents, debating who gets the last piece of moldy bread.

They are home in the Land of Israel free to disagree, debate, scream and holler, to decide who runs the Jewish country 5780. Imagine that!  

So many who survived are thankful beyond words. Only in our dreams did we think we’d see this day. 

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.

He is the author of the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal.” His Holocaust to Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah” has been honored from page to screen at CANNES. His Inside Journalism thriller, “The Bathsheba Deadline,” is being prepared for the movies. Contemporaries have hailed him “The last Hemingway, a writer without peer, and the conscience of us all.” Website: www.jackengelhard.com






 




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