Last week was the completion of the Jewish New Year period that ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. One of the prayers recited on Yom Kippur describes the imagery of a process by which we are evaluated based on our behaviors over the past year and judgment is made regarding our worthiness to continue in our lives. The prayer recites the litany of wrongs that we may have committed over the past year. It ends with a phrase, "but repentance, prayer, and good deeds can lessen the severity of the decree.”
We're hard wired for stories, and classical scholar Daniel Mendelsohn says the myths and dramas of ancient Greece are so embedded in our consciousness that we can't help but revisit them as we interpret contemporary culture. One example, he says, is our obsessive need for anniversary replays of film footage and commentary on President Kennedy's death and the days of shock and mourning that followed. Our conflicted desire to marvel at charismatic leaders and to witness their fall, he says, is rooted in Greek tragedy.
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