Monthly Archives: October 2014

Lech L’cha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)

We took the sukkah down last Sunday, only a week and a half after the holiday. Interestingly, one of the intervening storms had spun it around 180°.  And the bamboo s’chach mat developed little gray dots of mold that I … Continue reading

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Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32), Shabbat Rosh Hodesh (Num. 28:9-15)

I bet you thought you’d get away with a normal Shabbat this week – no second scroll, no extra psalms – since the holidays are over (we’ll take down the sukkah on Sunday, really).  Ha!  This Shabbat is also Rosh … Continue reading

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Shemini Atzeret, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12), Simchat Torah, Bereishit (Gen. 1:1-6: 8)

Today is Hoshana Rabbah, the 7th day of Sukkot, the very end of the penitential season (according to the Zohar, the decree sealed on Yom Kippur isn’t delivered until Hoshana Rabbah).  Unlike last year, I didn’t make it to synagogue … Continue reading

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Sukkot: First two days and Shabbat Chol HaMoed

In case any of you are waited with bated breath for the latest installment in the Plotzker Sukkah Saga:  Rich and I got the sukkah up Sunday afternoon, a full three days early!  Same Tinker Toy design as last year’s … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

I am assuming that this is the last year for 1-888-OOPS-JEW and Stephan Colbert’s Atone Phone.  On the air, the Atone Phone plays Hava Nagila as a ring tone and Colbert says, “Shalom, how have you wronged me?” I called … Continue reading

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