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What would you stand in the cold for?

Published: January 26, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 21

(21) susan, March 12, 2008 4:13 PM

Standing in The Cold = Discomfort

Entertaining your question,"What Would You Stand in the Cold For? Hummmm. That gets a soul to do some searching.
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I have already stood in the cold for a couple events that I thought were worthwhile. Each February 2nd, I would trek to Gobblers Knob at 5:00 in the morning and wait for the Groundhog to appear at daybreak. It was very cold. And I, along with 20,000 other people figured it was worth it. For 14 years in a row!! The energy from the crowd, the music, the lights, the fireworks, the noise!! Good Grief! Can't remember now why we thought it was so important. But the hot breakfasts and being with friends afterward seemed to erase the discomfort.

Then... I stood out in the cold to make a living. Five or 6 hours of standing outside at a sale in the wet or in the icy wind, to buy something to resell. Might have been an easier way but along with all the others there, I stood and stamped my feet and drank coffee to keep warm. Most times all of us would go for dinner later and warm up and there was a feeling of being united that was deeper than the discomfort.
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The phrase, 'Out in the Cold' denotes discomfort. also, that phrase denotes being alone, or by yourself, or isolated.
In answer to your question of future standing out in the cold, and what would I stand for? ...I would stand out in the cold to protest a wrongdoing. I would stand out in the cold to help a friend. I would stand out in the cold to raise awareness of the needs of others.
Standing in the cold along with many others has a feeling of togetherness and that is a different feeling. (football games, groundhog day, etc.)Standing in the cold alone for your principles, or for the welfare of others is another matter.

(20) Filippo, January 30, 2008 4:00 PM

Something special about being there.!

I couple of days ago I received a call. My friend's cousin died in a car accident. I called another friend of mine and told him that. He told me "Did you know your friend's cousin? I told him No but I'm still going to the funeral. He was very surprised and told me "Why don't you just send them a card since you never met your friend's cousin. I told him he was a human being and I have to be there.
Regards
Filippo

(19) Tzilia sacharow, January 30, 2008 2:01 PM

jerusalem is closer to the place

so give up the big house and the 2 cars...make ALIYA.
A Rabbi of renown just said that insted of counting yishuv h'aretz as a mitvah, if it were declared a chumrah, everyone would be doing it

warm personal regards, from Tzilia who is almost at the MAKOM

(18) Nesanel, January 30, 2008 1:39 AM

To: Rosen 1/27/2008 9:33:00 AM

Threee cheers to your attitude and actions. It is great to be doing a job for honesty even if it seem slightly difficult. In the end, things will work out and only get better. (All the posts are good; I just wanted to compliment on this point).

(17) Chana Zelasko, January 30, 2008 1:23 AM

Yom Tov

It is interesting. I was just thinking about this subject.I have ב"ה lived in Israel many years. I hear people starting to make plans to leave Israel for Pesach and go to the States, England, etc. I realize that these people want to be with their families. But Yom Tov is a time for spritiual growth, and nothing can beat the spiritual Aliyah one feels being in Eretz Yisorel during Yom/Tov Chol haMoed.

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