Thursday, September 29, 2011

Shakespeare at Large

"Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered."
--Hamlet to Ophelia

This is the last line of Hamlet's "To Be Or Not To Be" soliloquy. Hamlet's getting all deep, overthinking what he should do about his uncle killing his father and then beating himself up for thinking too much. Then, cute Ophelia walks in and he's like "Oh, hi!" I'm going to totally shut up now.

I was thinking about this moment today, Rosh Hashanah, specifically in the context of the Jewish tradition of "Tashlikh," which involves throwing bread or pebbles into water as a symbolic gesture for casting off sins. It's all in preparation for that really fun holiday next week, Yom Kippur, when you fast and think about all the things you've done wrong over the past year.

So then I Googled "Shakespeare and Rosh Hashanah." I mean, why not? The first thing that came up was this funky fusion of the two. I invite you to enjoy. This is best followed by a chaser of apples and honey.

Happy New Year!

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