Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Did you know that virtually every day of the calendar year has a "parody holiday" associated with it? I find this phenomena to be very interesting -- and profoundly Jewish. In Judaism, we spend a lot of time sanctifying different aspects of the day and our lives. To sanctify in Hebrew comes from the root Qof-Dalet-Shin (קדש) -- spawning such words as Kiddish, Kaddish, etc -- all words used to set events and aspects of our daily lives apart from the rest of our day, week, month, or year.
The Gregorian calendar -- in just the last 20 years -- has been filled with "holidays" meant to sanctify that day as something special and unique, much like how events and days are set apart in Judaism as special and unique.
Why do we make days special? What does it do for the rhythm and flow of each day? Many of us sanctify a variety of objects and activities throughout the day, add to that the day in general. If we approach each day as something unique and special, every day can be filled with accomplishments, both great and small.