Today we touch a mezuzah in time.
Behind us: a road glittering with holy days.
Look back over your shoulder and see
a week in the sukkah, and before that
the fierce intimacy of Yom Kippur,
Rosh Hashanah's gilded majesty, and
before that the still waters of Elul,
the grief and uplift of Tisha b'Av...
Ahead: a fallow field scattered with leaves.
Time to integrate our changes.
Shemini Atzeret is a day for pausing,
the silence after the chant.
Today God asks us to linger a little longer.
Seven days of Sukkot have ended, but God says,
"won't you stay in the sukkah with Me
one more day, beloveds?" And we do.