This post by Rabbi Eric S. Gurvis first appeared on the URJ’s Inside Leadership blog.
This fall, the afternoons seemed darker than I remember. Family and friends also noticed that on some days, sundown seemed to come along as early as 3:30 or 4 p.m. On Thanksgiving, I even said, “We’re still three weeks from the equinox. Why does it seem so dark?”
I began to wonder if perhaps world events – terror attacks in Israel and Paris, ISIS’s increasing presence, ongoing racial tensions across our country, gun violence seemingly everywhere – and the unending stream of news about all the brokenness in our world were impacting my perception of daylight.