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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

Did you know there’s a place on earth where it hasn’t rained for nearly 2 million years? It’s the Dry Valleys in Antarctica.  I’m really tired of rain, and I’m not even talking about Hurricane Florence, just this rainrainrain-teasingbitofsun-rainrain.  The … Continue reading

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Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

After enough time has passed, I often forget details of what I’ve written.  Thus, I find the comments below fresh even though they are 8 years old.  Jokes are newly found, though. There is simply too much to ponder in … Continue reading

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Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

Today’s focus: Paradise. But first, an unfortunate update on our Sukkah.  We enjoyed it from Sunday, Oct. 16 through the following Friday evening.  Then the winds came.  Big winds.  Next morning, I saw that the bamboo mat was lying in … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah

5777!  Wow!  That means this is the start of the 18th year of Torah Portion Humor!  WOOHOO!!!  Since the numerical values of the letters that spell “life,” het and yud, add up to 18, I’ll take that as a good omen. … Continue reading

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Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

There’s something about switching from a largely unscheduled summer to a new fall schedule plus holiday activities (including miserable weather for most of Sukkot) plus having to make up tasks I let go because of said holidays (7 weekdays’ worth) … 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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Shemini Atzeret, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12), Simchat Torah, Bereishit (Gen. 1:1-6: 8)

Jon Stewart noted once on The Daily Show, “It’s Sukkot, which is the Hebrew word meaning, ‘how many holidays can Jews fit into one month?’” (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-15-2008/intro—another-jewish-holiday ), a sentiment with which I am in total sympathy.  My stress level is much … Continue reading

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