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May those who celebrate today have a joyous day.
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I could pretty much summarize it as eat, shul, eat, shul, eat, shul eat....:)

Three Day YomTov )

Next holiday is Yom Kippur, which is this coming Shabbat. And then...more holidays. Just not quite so intense as R"H and Y"K.
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A few months ago, an older couple in our shul announced that they were going to buy a new Torah scroll for the synagogue, and were going to offer everyone a chance to take part in it - people could buy units of the Torah itself (books, weekly sections, aliyot (one seventh of each section), special readings, verses, words or letters), or accessories - mantles, crowns, winding sticks, belts, breastplates. We immediately bought our own wedding parasha (the section read on the Shabbat after our wedding). My inlaws bought a word out of gratitude for their escape. And yesterday, I decided I would buy a word in honor of my Shabbos afternoon women's parasha group. But I'd also announce that during the group and if they wanted to contribute, I'd buy a verse instead - words were $108, verses were $180.

"I vote posuk!" one woman shouted. And so it was. They'll pay me whatever whenever, with any overage going straight to the shul.

After the last letters were filled in, with everyone who bought something standing next to the scribe as he filled in a letter and getting their pictures taken, we turned on the boom boxes and, with the sefer torah under a chuppah, paraded out of the synagogue and into the streets. We'd cleared the route with the police, and walked down residential streets. People came out of their houses to watch, and some to join in the parade, including two of the ladies from my group.

When we got back to the shul, the other sefrei torah came out to meet the new one, and we danced in the courtyard. I made a point of taking Lenore's hands (Lenore and her husband Jack were the sponsors) and dancing with her in the center of the circle of women - she's the "kallah" (bride), after all. And then we brought it in.

Things got a tad confused because all the tables for the lunch had been set, bunched up in the women's section. And some of the women and children decided it was a buffet (It looked nothing like a buffet) and started to eat. Which means they took plates from place settings, and, well, it wasn't nice. I can see feeding hungry kids, but adults couldn't wait five minutes until we finished reading some psalms and set the tables up?

Anyway, that part was over, the caterers, with help from shul people, set up the tables and chairs, and it happened that the seats we grabbed at random were at the same table as our rabbi and rebbitzen, which was a pleasure. We did save seats for other people (using my purse, my knitting bag and my waist pouch), but after awhile, we gave up. Food was lovely - smoked fish, salads, cream cheese plus a hot station with eggs, pancakes and french toast. And the speeches were lovely, with our rabbi being eloquent about poetry and song.

It was a completely joyous occasion, and a marvelous way to start out the holiday season.
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Is it wrong of me to be bothered by the whole Prayer Shawl thing?

Read more... )

Yom Kippur

Oct. 14th, 2005 11:33 am
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I survived, of course.
Yom KIppur )

Nine Days

Aug. 7th, 2005 06:25 pm
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Shabbat was Rosh Chodesh Av. That means it was the New Moon (yes, I know, it's a day off. We correct the calendar so things run right.) of the Jewish month of Av. And so we are in that period of time known as the Nine Days.

What this means. )
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Last August, my husband's beloved uncle died at the age of 75.

Today we set the gravestone. )

Afterwards,we took my inlaws to one of our favorite restaurants, a brick-oven pizza place. It proved to be just the right place. M the veggie found a wonderful ravioli dish, Mom, who is low carb for health reasons, had a salad with carmelized onions and blackened tuna and Dad will eat anything. Afterwards, I went with my inlaws to the local kosher supermarket and helped out as they bought enough meat for part of the summer.

It proved to be a lovely day.

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