Our shul has a tradition of having a member of the congregation give a talk every shabbat afternoon during shalosh seudos, or the third meal, which takes place between the afternoon and evening prayers. Dan, who arranges for speakers, asked if I would be willing to give the talk this shabbat. Dan always makes it clear that the talk doesn't have to tie into the Torah portion we're reading on that shabbat, but many speakers like to try to find a connection.
Well, given what else is going on this shabbat, a topic for my talk came to mind instantly.
We are now in the Days of Awe, the period between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur when we are supposed to be reflective of our lives and do teshuvah, which loosely translated means repentance. This shabbat is therefore a special one, Shabbat Shuvah, or the Sabbath of Repentance.
So, my brain went, what better topic to talk about this shabbat than Spider-Man?
If this were anything more than a small talk for the shul, I'd probably promote it with something like, "Join award-winning science fiction writer Michael A. Burstein at Kadimah Toras-Moshe this shabbat as he gives the shalosh seudos talk on the topic of 'Spider-Man and Teshuvah.' Shalosh seudos will take place after the 5:50 pm Mincha at Kadimah Toras-Moshe, 113 Washington St., Brighton MA, on October 4 (5 Tishrei)."
However, since this is just a small talk, I'll merely note that if anyone local wants to stop by and hear what I have to say, consider yourself welcome.