HIGH-HOLY DE­PRES­SION

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

An Amer­i­can stu­dent, on the other hand, is not sure what to pray for: “I know we’re not per­fect — me, my hus­band, my friends — but I re­ally don’t think we’re bad peo­ple. I al­ways find my­self think­ing this dur­ing the High Holy Days, as I mum­ble my way through all that self­dep­re­cat­ing liturgy: Over­all, I’m re­ally a pretty de­cent hu­man be­ing. ‘Then why do you al­ways get so de­pressed?’ my hus­band asked.

“De­pressed is prob­a­bly too strong a word, but it’s true: I do get moody around the High Holy Days. What I feel crappy about, I tried to ex­plain, is that I don’t feel crappy enough. With all those hours of prayer de­signed to in­duce guilt and re­morse, you can’t help feel­ing re­morse­ful if you don’t feel re­morse­ful.” apiko­r­sus.blogspot. com

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