by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
I took a bit of time this evening (Israel time) to watch the US presidential inauguration. Since the talking heads can take the time to say a variety of inane things, I figure I can too...
- Musical Interludes: Pleasant and mild, though I pity the musicians who had to play under the cold temperatures. Why the US has a series of national songs practically impossible to sing decently is a mystery, and the bet at any such event is whether the singer will come out barely surviving or being completely destroyed.
- Invocation: The preacher was preaching quite nicely and somewhat generically, evening saying Shema Yisroel (in English of course). He blew it by going too long, and diving into Jaysus preaching at the end. Pity. Wrong approach for such a national stage.
- The Oath: Don't these guys rehearse or anything? Chief Justice Roberts clearly is inexperienced in oath giving (too many words before stopping), and President Obama a little overeager to follow. A good reminder to the president that he's still just a normal guy with an extraordinary job.
- The Speech: Mostly standard presidential blah blah blah. Highlights included a quote from Koheles, general lowering of expectations (wise), a statement he's open to talks with dictators (if they "open their closed fist"), and a statement about new relationships with Muslims of the world (that's a little worrying as Israel is usually the sacrificial lamb).
As always, as a "new king arises" we look to see if he knows Yosef, and pray to HaKodesh Baruch Hu that the "ministers and government be disposed favorably towards us"...
In this past Gaza war in Israel, we truly saw that "some rely upon chariots and some upon horses, but we rely upon and invoke the name of Hashem", as the nation and soldiers came together in an unprecedented level of prayer and faith in Hashem. Now if the leaders of Israel could only turn that way for just a moment!
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא