Friday, January 17, 2014

Are You On the Bus?

Happy Birthday Jorun!
The purpose of this blog is to help your family and friends get on the bus at the Shabbat table. Please print and share.

Prankster BusImagine you are Ken Kesey.

Actually, don't.

But you can appreciate that if you were Ken Kesey or one of the Merry Pranksters on their 1964 travelling vaudeville lysergic acid diethylamide tour of the USA, you might invent some creative expressions.

They were traveling by bus.

And they were "traveling by bus".

Therefore, if someone was part of their mission, supporting their mission, synchronized with their mission, he or she was "on the bus."

Anyone else, like those who were there for pure entertainment, for their own ego, or for some non-non-comformist purpose was "off the bus."

(BTW, is someone who doesn't fit in to a group of non-conformists a conformist? Just wondering.)

Now imagine you never read Tom Wolfe's biography of the Merry Pranksters, and you recently lost your car, and a friend - unaware that you recently lost your car - calls to check on you, asking, "Are you on the bus?"

Are you offended?

OK, now imagine you're at a Jewish wedding.

A beautiful and graceful wedding. Where family members form an a-capella choir under the chuppa that blows everyone away.

What does it mean to be "on the bus" in that setting? Eating and drinking? Shmuzing?

OK, now imagine you are reading this weekly blog.

What does it mean to be "on the bus" in this context?

(Hint: read the top line)

(Hint: not like the reader who complained yesterday, "Last week's message was pretty short, not much to it." "But did you share it at your Shabbat table?" "No." "So you are mainly reading it for entertainment? It wasn't entertaining enough for you? Even with the great Far Side cartoon and the uplifting music video?")

Let's do one more.

Imagine you are a member of a Jewish community. What does it mean to be "on the bus" in that setting?

(Hint: not necessarily joining a synagogue.)

And so, nu, are you?

Shabbat Shalom

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