while junk propagated on my neighbors’ porch.
Indignant, my eyes flitted from beauty to chaos.
collage of unidentifiable objects. A neat person,
I never wished to meet the creators.
cabinets; window ledges are emptied of clutter;
naked windows reflect my fall foliage.
We were strangers, yet I value their gift to me.
While they observed Shabbat is the Sabbath day, the Day of Rest, and is observed from Friday night through Saturday night. Is set aside from the rest of the week both in honor of the fact that God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. On Shabbat, many Jews observe prohibitions from various activities designated as work. Shabbat is traditionally observed with festive meals, wine, challah, prayers, the reading and studying of Torah, conjugal relations, family time, and time with friends., I observed them.
room table, chanting the blessings as my soup
was warming. Strangers, we shared rituals.
elderly man’s struggle to erect a Lit. hut or booth A temporary hut constructed outdoors for use during Sukkot, the autumn harvest festival. Many Jews observe the mitzvah of living in the Sukkah for the week of Sukkot, including taking their meals and sleeping in the Sukkah., envying
his serenity as he read there by candlelight.
The nearby porch clutter did not diminish their
prayers, inspiring my own return to Shabbat.