Monday, June 14, 2004

V'chagotem oto Chag

It occurred to me that last week Washington DC looked a little like ancient Jerusalem at holiday time. True, those who waited on line were not bringing animal sacrifice. But they did wait, some up to 8 hours, for the chance to enter a magnificent building and pay tribute. And when they were done, they spoke of an atmosphere charged with reverence and gratitude. One even called it a mini-festival, an uplifting experience.

An old religious impulse was at work in the capital last week, an impulse recognized by Judaism thousands of years ago.