Why No One Will Read This Blog
09/29/2010 - 10:42
Gary Rosenblatt

Don’t you have anything more important to do today, on the eve of the last days of the long Sukkot holiday -- at the end of a month of two-and-a-half day work weeks -- than read blogs?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have you here, just a little surprised, that’s all. I wasn’t really expecting anyone. Thought I would just vent in private about how tough this month has been in terms of keeping up with work responsibilities.

The holidays were lovely, lots of family and friends. But trying to catch up a bit by coming in to work on Sundays, scanning and deleting umpteen emails, going through the mail, etc., was kind of a drag.

Anyway, I guess it’s just you and me today, so I won’t bore you with what it’s been like throughout September struggling to keep up, trying to track down people when it seemed like everyone was either in Israel or away elsewhere for the holidays. And not just the normal holidays but those three-day-yom-tovs (two days of holiday followed immediately by Shabbat), which were a bear.

In case you’re wondering, next year is a rerun of this year, with Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot starting on Wednesday night. Three days again. Only it all starts three weeks later on the calendar. So sitting in the sukkah next year we’ll probably complain about the cold rather than the heat, like we did this year.

But we’ve got time to worry about that. In the meantime, how about you and I see how much work we can get done today before rushing home for the last round of this holiday.

I feel like I can never catch up; you must know the feeling, too…

You still here?

I don’t want to be an ungracious host, having you invited you in to this blog, but I’ve really got to go now, hope you’ll understand…

What? You’re still reading this?

Tell you what, I’m going to sneak away at the end of this sentence, but you’re welcome to stay, read the other terrific blogs on our site, catch up on the videos and features and all the other good stuff, and have a chag sameach…and don’t forget to turn the lights off when you leave.

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i third that moshe's idea. it's important to be objective, and to present both sides of the story fairly.
Yes, I agree. This forat will give more fainess to some of the red button topics covered in the paper as well as let the Jewish religious and cultural debates be waged in a polite forum. Go for it, JW
Me too! ('Course, I'm biased.... :)
I love Moshe's idea and second the motion.
Wes Headley wes@actualsystems.com http://actualsystems.com
Since I'm the only one reading this blog, I figure I have your undivided attention, Gary. It's even better than writing an email, which gets stuck with all the others that have to get scanned and deleted. So before I get back to writing sermons and shiurim for Yom Tov, I'll make a suggestion for a new blog or feature at the JW. It's based on your Aug 25th column, which bewailed the deterioration of dialogue in our community. I propose a new feature called "Both Sides Now," (with apologies to the 60's song--no bows and flows of angel's hair here). It would be devoted each week to showing fairly both sides of a controversial topic, whether political, philosophic or halakhic. The only rule would be that one cannot simply set up one side as a straw man--both sides have to have their say and, while one can argue that one side makes more sense for application today, one can never argue that the other side is not a legitimate option. (That is, one cannot so argue and expect to get published.) The blog format would allow the length that print articles would not, and thoroughness could trump soundbites. Maybe, just maybe, this will get thoughtful people to examine views other than their own, and even find in them redeeming value. Maybe we can foster a few more students of Beit Hillel, who always presented the views of Beit Shammai before their own.
Chag Samayach!

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