How to Overcome Post-Tishrei Overwhelm
We are almost a week post-Succot, and my “To-Be-Done-ASAP-After-the-Chagim” to-do list is still 23 items long (I keep it hidden away in a drawer, tell-tale heart style).
My laundry piles–dirty as well as clean and waiting to be sorted and put away– are nearly above my head (elephant’s-eye-style).
And I have this fear, based on past and current experience, that The Post-Yom Tov Mess will overtake every room I clean so quickly that I will never ever EVER witness a moment in which every room in this home is simultaneously clean (spinning-Chinese-plate style).
And it turns out I’m not alone.
Last night, while listening to Rabbi Nivin’s class, I found out that my case of post-Yom Tov overwhelm is, in fact, extremely common.
And I found Rabbi Nivin’s suggestion for dealing with post-Yom Tov overwhelm deeply comforting, so I will share it with you just in case your house is tell-tale hearting, elephant-eyeing, and spinning Chinese plate-ing like mine.
Rabbi Nivin explained that we only start praying for rain on the 7th day of Cheshvan, two weeks after the end of Succot. Why? Because in Temple times it took travelers two weeks to walk home from Jerusalem to the Euphrates river, the furthest border of Ancient Israel.
And, like those Temple pilgrims, we modern JewishMOMs are also still in transit from Tishrei balagan to regular life.
And that, JewishMOM, is totally normal and 100% OK.