Thoughtful Thursdays, From the Depths on a New Moon, and self-Health Care

On the 14th (but starting last night, on the 13th at sundown), began the new month, and the month of Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat, on the Jewish calendar.  Months on the Hebrew calendar begin on the new moon, and this day is traditionally a women’s half-holiday, with no housework being done, in theory, by women on that day.  How I wish that every day would become a day of recognition for women, and for all of those who labour for the benefit of us all.  Our society must come to recognize the work that all people do, to care for others, to keep a safe and clean environment for our families and communities, and our society must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

later update:  Oops!  I forgot to connect those dots: this Psalm is one of those sung as part of Hallel, which is chanted and sung in the morning service of Rosh Chodesh, and most other full holidays. 

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45 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, From the Depths on a New Moon, and self-Health Care

  1. Chodesh Tov, dear Shira!
    My husband has informed quite a while ago that housework does not include cooking. “However,- he said, – you don’t have to cook on Rosh Chodesh, if you want a complete rest.” I appreciate his kindness, yet I have counted the time I spend in the kitchen during the week, and it adds up to 20 – 25 hours, and I am not even counting doing dishes. That’s a part-time job, and I have all kinds of kitchen gadgets that speed up the process, and I am multitasking, i.e. combining several processes. In the old times it would’ve been a full- time job or more!
    Not many people realize that, and even fewer appreciate it.
    Big air hugs,

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    1. Chodesh Tov, D!
      Exactly! Thank you for making these excellent points: people forget just how much time we spend washing dishes (no machine, here), cooking, and even planning the preparation for cooking. Yes, I agree that it was a full-time job (old census records list many women’s occupations as “keeping house”).
      (But why have I been hearing Hallel in my head for the past few weeks?!)
      Safe Air hugs,

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      1. Ha! In Russia, we lived in what was considered a luxurious apartment (even though it was communal), but water had to be brought up to the third floor from a well in the yard and then heated up on the stove, in order to do dishes or to wash up.
        As to why you’ve been hearing Hallel in your head, I think it means you will have good news to celebrate.
        Shabbat Shalom, dear Shira, and may Parshas Vaera bring redemption to us all and the world!

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        1. Amen, D!
          Bimhera biyamenu, and preferably right now!!
          (ok, maybe I’m still working on that patience thing…)
          Ok, wow, still carrying from a well?! No running water, in the 20th century?!
          And, from your lips to G-d’s ears, on the good news.
          Shabbat Shalom, and much love to you and ‘the Boss,’ and the rest of your family, D,

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          1. I left in 1978, but visited in 1995, and still had no running water in many old beautiful buildings in the historical center. Those were townhouses built by the rich, where families occupied the upper floors, and house servants lived downstairs. One of them had a job to carry water upstairs and take down slops. There was no need for running water then. After the revolution, it was considered logistically impossible to correct the situation, so it was left to be.
            Much love,

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            1. You got it – that’s what they meant when something was deemed “logistically impossible.” Resources went to “strategically relevant” projects, and providing modern conveniences for people was so completely irrelevant as to not even consider.

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            2. Wow -many folks would consider hot running water to be a necessity: when I lived in Turkey, I certainly came to appreciate hot tap water on demand (that didn’t shock me! -I had a bad water heater). But having to schlep water up from the well three floors is something I thought had been left back in the Medieval period, or in Appalachia.

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            3. I had not seen hot running water, nor even imagined that it was possible until I arrived in Vienna in 1978. To take a real shower, we went to a bathhouse once a week, where we had to buy tickets and stand in line.

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            4. You had to buy tickets to take a shower, not even a proper bath??!!
              Wow: I wonder how much of the world right now, still, does not have hot running water, or running water, full stop?

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            5. Whaoh! Dig deep and Water alliance, acc. to the W. Post and MarketWatch, say that

              “More than 2 million people in the U.S. lack running water and basic indoor plumbing…”

              Here, in, in the USA? 2 million is almost one out of every hundred (ok, 1/3 of one out of every hundred, but still): that is an enormous number of people in one of the most developed nations in the world, living like a 3rd world country! No way!

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            6. Indeed, but recalling stats from when I lived in New Mexico, let alone the Navajo Nation, it somehow doesn’t surprise me, now that I think more on it. There must be correlating stats to back up Dig Deep’s findings, the Census Bureau, perhaps? Someone in Dept. of Interior has to have statistics.
              Shabbat Shalom,

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  2. Chodesh tov! I find myself pretty neutral re: Rosh Chodesh – it’s nice, but I don’t really need it. My marriage, while it has its issues, is extremely egalitarian and for that, I am quite thankful (although the egalitarian aspect was also an extremely deliberate choice).
    What I really wish is that on regular yomim tovim and Shabbat that are supposed to be days of rest for everyone that both men and also women in marriages with more traditional roles got to experience it that way. I would get so sad seeing all these threads on Imamother about how all these women were dreading Yom Tov, or how Yom Tov was just sheer drudgery of prepping, serving, cleaning meal after meal while their husbands got to actually enjoy a holiday. That makes me sad.

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        1. That is the standard version as part of Hallel, from my Chavurah/Masorti (and do I recall any reform folks actually singing Hallel?) experience, although I tend to prefer Carlbach and more sefardic style niggunim.

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        2. Oh, sorry, in answer to your question: yes, I think that Pitchu Li, the Shlomo Charlbach version, is my favorite for myself personally, but I love the call and response parts like Mah L’chah ha HaYam, and Ana Hatzlicha nah, and the ending of V’Anachun Nivarech Y-h, because it reminds me that even in moments when I find nothing to believe in or hold on to, I still must look for hope, and must still bless being alive, even when I’d rather curse life.
          Shabbat Shalom,

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    1. I agree with all of this. We’re not technically egalitarian, in the sense that our mode of practice is “Orthodox” – but we split household and parenting responsibilities, and my wife is the one who makes kiddush for the family every week – that’s all my daughter has ever known.

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    1. Likewise, Anthony (ok, I am sometimes a believer -mostly in the Universe, not the big guy in the sky), and thank you so much for reading and commenting here.
      Stay safe,


        1. Well, Anthony, I’m not sure I’d go that far. We are certainly “star stuff,” but I’m often with Marcus Cole (of Babylon 5 fame):
          It would be worse if those terrible things came upon us because we deserved them (esp. wrt to abused children),
          “So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.”

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