Sunday, September 9, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1667 Erev Erev by Janet S. Tiger (c) Sept. 9, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1667 by Janet S. Tiger (c) Sept. 9,  2018

                                 Erev Erev 

                                           by Janet S. Tiger
                        (c) all rights reserved  2018

  I write this the night before Erev Rosh Hashanah - so I am writing this on the last night of the old year.  The end of the last Sabbath of the old year.

An interesting event - Havdalah is the ceremony at the end of Sabbath - and it brings together the holy (the end of Sabbath) and the profane (the regular week) - but tonight, it melds the old year and the new - one night, two meanings .

And so I am editing the monologue Havdalah from Day # 829 below - if you want to see the original which just dealt with the Sabbath, please click here

For all reading, I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year!  L'shanah Tovah!

  In the Jewish tradition, havdalah is a ceremony at the end of the Sabbath on Saturday night.

                      A monologue by Janet S. Tiger  (c) 2018 all rights reserved

            (This actor's costume is part of the whole effect - one half will be white, the other blue glove one white glove, one blue shoe, one white shoe, you get the idea.  The actor enters with a white glove held high, the white side pointed out to the audience)

Three stars in the sky.....time to light the candles.....

Holy.  Thou shalt revere the Sabbath and keep it holy.........This is the end of the Sabbath.....the end of the holy day........and the rest of the week approaches, the profane of the ordinary hours of the week, the regular, the mundane.....

            (Slowly turning to show the blue side of the costume)

But there is one moment.......maybe a part of a moment, where the holy and the profane are together, the holy leaves and the profane is once again our daily worries.....what TV show is on, why doesn't the Internet go faster....did he get my that sale over tomorrow or Monday....all that we think about......during the rest of the week......

At the moment that the holy and the profane meet, there is an instant......of perfect balance......of acceptance that life is not one or the other....but at every minute of every day....a mix......of the holy and the profane......

The candle is lit, the blue wax and the white wax melt together.......the Sabbath is over.....until next week......I hope you had.....a Shabbat Shalom.....and that we all remember the holy throughout this busy week to come.......

          (The actor now takes a white cloak and puts it on carefully)

But tonight is a special Havdalah.....because this is the last Sabbath of this year.....5779...but who's counting?  We are......because the change from the Sabbath to a new week brings also the new day, which is the last day of this year.  Rosh Hashanah.  Rosh - The head...Hashanah- the year.  Head of the year.  The beginning of a very holy time.

So the profane and the holy are pulling at each other again.....erev Rosh Hashanah brings us to the beginning of the time that is very special - the Days of Awe.

For this marks the opening of the Book of Life, and on Yom Kippur, in 10 days, the Book of Life is sealed for the next year.

In this ten days, we have the chance to return to repentance, to try to right the wrongs of this year.  A time for prayer, for thought, for going to others to ask forgiveness......a busy time for those who have made other words, everyone!

Whether this is your belief or not, the ideas are powerful.  Just as gratitude is a universal, the concept of forgiveness is also one that all people understand.  Okay, not everyone fixes their mistakes, but I think, inside, everyone knows when they need to change their ways and try a better path.

Is it easy?  We all know that answer!  But does the attempt have value?  Does the candle have value as it finishes burning?

          (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Or is just the light into the darkness worth the match?  L'shanah Tovah.....may your year be filled with light.......

           (Lights dim as the actor slowly leaves.)


I've written several other pieces for the beginning of the New Year -

For  Day # 963 Apples and Honey please click here

For  Day #  578  Erev

and there are others for the beginning of the New Year - and as I posted on Day # 1655, am gathering  all my work with Jewish themes into a book  (working title -  In the Beginning)

If you have any ideas or suggestions for monologues that I might consider, please let me know-

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Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315      
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