Summer time and the living is… holy?
I don’t know whether or not Gershwin* had this in his mind, but I do know that it is important for us to keep this in our minds as we enter the “off” months of summer. School is out, people take vacations and time off, traffic is lighter (sometimes, and in some places), the lazy days of summer evoke the notion that “the livin’ is easy.”
One of the greatest teachings of Judaism is that in matter of holiness there is no time off, there is no easy way out. Summer, like winter, fall, and spring, are seasons for us to continue to be fully Jewish, fully human, fully holy.
So it’s simple -- within the context of holy living, have fun, relax, and enjoy – make this a great summer!
Rabbi Jonathan Pearl, Ph.D.