- Jubilee (Biblical), the Jubilee specified in Leviticus 25:9 that is the original concept behind most of the following Jubilees.
- Jubilee (Christian), the year of Jubilee is a special year for the remission of sins and universal pardon where debts are forgiven, slaves and prisoners freed, and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest. In the Old Testament book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is to occur every fifty years.”
1. Holy moley. Leviticus may be used to turn loving folk into fire breathing dragons, but one area of general agreement between scholars is that the Jubilee in Leviticus 25 signals a time of introspection, atonement, forgiveness and new beginnings.
2. In Philadelphia, the woman who introduced Barack to the crowd spoke of unemployment and breast cancer. “But that’s behind us now,” she bubbled, touching Michelle, Sasha and Malia again and again — the dream made flesh.
2. In Philadelphia and Wilmington, the only people in the crowds who didn’t beam and smile ear-to-ear were the babies — frozen like popsicles in adult arms — and those amazing Secret Service agents with their dark shades and flat affects.
3. According to multiple press accounts, ten year old Malia Obama told her father, “First African American president…. [Your speech] better be good.”
4. Philadelphia: the 100,000 in the crowd wouldn’t let Barack begin his speech until the people had sung “Happy Birthday” to Michelle. The Obamas are being taken into the American heart. They are our First Family and they seem to care for the whole of us.
5. People, people, people: lining the railroad tracks as the inaugural train passes.
6. If the people in my small town are any measure, there could be an All-American-Flu-Out Tuesday. In our stew of job losses and foreclosures, an Inauguration may seem like a Royal Procession but even so, some increasingly worried workers in rural New York are still plotting to skip out Tuesday so they can watch their President pledge to protect and defend their Constitution.
7. In Washington, D.C., people are ecstatic that they’ll be made visible by a president who eats lunch in their neighborhoods. The Right and Amazing Eleanor Holmes Norton is absolutely giddy.
8. “Giddy” pops to mind too often. I’ve tried to think of other words and phrases to describe the crowds along the railroad tracks and the people in line behind me at the store: “beside themselves,” “ecstatic,” “overcome,” “wistful,” “childlike,” “expectant,” “bubbling,” “burbling,” “joyous,” “exuberant,” “ebullient…,” but “giddy” is the one I return to time and again. Seasoned journalists are beside themselves, overcome by their own stories, this historic nexus and the celebratory crowds.
If there is a “mob mentality,” this fervor is its obverse; this laughing, hopeful feeling is the humane side of the human animal.
It’s why record numbers of us will spend this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service volunteering in our communities. (Monday January 19th). Here’s a familiar-looking link for finding a community organization that needs your help: http://www.usaservice.org/
Today in the grocery store, I was reminded that some people in my small town have sworn to fly their flags at half-mast for the next four years. All I can feel is regret for what they’re missing.