Monday, September 28, 2009
Jon recommends... Hanging out on Islands
This Yom Kippor I'm struggling with an ear infection, so I passed on temple and did some outdoorsiness instead with my friend Ilan.
We went to Theodore Roosevelt Island, a tiny mile or so island in the Potomac right near Georgetown. The place is a nature preserve dedicated to Roosevelt's environmentalism, which apparently was considerable.
And it was wonderful. There are forests, marshes, tranquil overlooks on the river, and even some deer. As "Jewish" an experience as synagogue is, it's also divorced from the environment, which is a pretty much a spiritual place 24-7. I know some people think that any High Holiday activity that doesn't involve 7 hours of synagogue is bullshit. Well, to Sheol with them.