To close out the week, a few brief comments on the Miers nomination and the commentary thereon:
1. "Passionate conservative" does NOT necessarily equal "strict constructionist."
2. "Legislation from the bench" and "judicial activism" do NOT necessarily equal a liberal result.
3. If you have any doubt, take the time to listen to yesterday's White House conference call to conservative activists. (Yes, both sides do it. That's not the point.)
Unsurprisingly, The Volokh Conspiracy is a treasure trove of links and commentary, both pro and con. Among other things, Jim Lindgren links to this page (scroll down) which includes a (very short) catalogue of Ms. Miers' published articles. And through a comment somewhere over there, I found my way to this article at The American Spectator: John C. Wohlstetter on The Recusal Trap. It raises some important questions about one of the administration's latest defenses of the nomination.
Then, of course, there's Krauthammer, Kristol and Will. They speak for themselves.
Time to switch gears. (A bit abruptly. Sorry.)
Here it is, Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur -- the period when we shift our focus from judgment to mercy.
This period, between Rosh Hashona (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a time for introspection, for reflection on the past and for taking on good resolutions for the future, to improve and to grow over the new year which has just started on Rosh Hashona, to return to our roots, to G- d and to ourselves.
This idea also fits in with this week's Torah portion, Vayeilech, describing the last days of Moses' life. The title of each Torah portion highlights an important concept which is taught in that particular portion. Vayeilech literally means 'and Moses went' from the root of the word Halicha, meaning 'going' in Hebrew. 'Halicha' also means the idea of being on the move, of not being stagnant. By subjecting ourselves to an honest reckoning, using this time for introspection and self-assessment and drawing the necessary conclusions, we are able to move on and to grow as people, rather than remaining stuck where we are. We have the capability to 'go', to reach very high moral and spiritual levels. We cannot remain standing still, we must be 'mehalchim' - 'goers', movers and shakers, people who grow, who make a difference to what is going on.
May we all be granted health, happiness and success, may each of us grow and develop, both as individuals and as a community, and may each of us, together with all the world, be judged favourably on Yom Kippur and blessed with long life and happiness.