Masechet Moed Katan is about the intermediate days of a holiday, such as Sukkot or Passover. The rabbis discuss what is permissible on those days and they attempt to articulate the boundaries between ordinary days and holidays.
The rabbis then turn and build upon restrictions of Chol HaMoed to speak at length about the rules of mourning.
At the root of this masechet is how to keep an appointed time different from other times.
I used this as an opportunity to think about appreciating and differentiating moments....a small attempt to speak about the joy of a particular moment.
If you are reading this, then you can add to this poem. Joy is subjective.....that is for sure! I would be most appreciative of what brings you joy. Please add it in a comment below or send me your ideas as a message on this site. Thanks so much.
Joy is a breath
flowing through you
cool and warm
Joy is health
and awareness that each moment is unique;
Joy is coming home to a hot dinner on the table.
Joy is family, family, family
joy is singing!
Joy is when kids wake up in the morning
and when they go to sleep at night!
Joy is a walk alone or
with a friend.
The joy of humans is nothing compared
with the joy of a dog!
Joy is being with people
but sometimes alone.
Joy is a laugh that comes from deep down
and bubbles up and cascades outwards
and great guffaws!
Joy are the warm summer nights
when the air hugs you as you walk.
Joy is popcorn with butter anytime
and ice cream in the summer.
Joy is reaching the heights
and the process of getting there.
Joy is freedom.
Joy is learning something new.
Joy is to be needed by someone.
Joy is the human touch.
Joy is the quiet in the early morning.
Joy is a garden
and seeing things grow;
plants and people, too.
Joy is rhythm and movement
It is the snapping of fingers,
the tapping of feet.
Joy is noticing.
Joy is appreciation
Joy is a good book.
Joy is knowing you are part of something bigger than yourself;
being accepted as who you are.
And joy is appreciating the moment,
that a moment,
can be imbued with holiness.