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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

...called to the Torah...

It's an egalitarian congregation, men and women share in all the rights, responsibilities and honors.  The Rabbi and Cantor are male, but the guest rabbi we had for the alternate service during the High Holy Days was a woman.  The current president of the synagogue is male, but his immediate predecessors have been female.

I've served on the governing board of the synagogue, I still serve on several committees.  I've made speeches to the congregation.  I have had honors during the service.

But I had never received an aliyah to the Torah.

Until yesterday.

As I mentioned before, when I celebrated my bat mitzvah, girls were not called to the Torah.  When Jen celebrated her bat mitzvah, I "should" have had an aliyah, but for various reasons waived that honor and instead carried the Torah through the synagogue.  I did the same two years later, for Becca's bat mitzvah.

And then yesterday, at morning minyan, the Rabbi asked if I wanted the third aliyah

When your name is called, you walk up to the lectern where the Torah scroll is laid out.  The reader uses the pointer to indicate the paragraph he is about to read.  You touch the  parchment with your tallit, kiss your tallit as a sign of respect.  You recite the ancient blessing.  The reader  reads.  You recite another blessing. 

It is so very simple.  Yet so very profound. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Songbird Salutes the 70's: Donna Summer

Donna Summer has been described as "the Queen of Disco".   She dominated the charts with songs like "Love to Love You Baby",  "I Feel Love", "MacArthur Park", "Heaven Knows", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", "Dim All the Lights", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (duet with Barbra Streisand), and "On the Radio".

So for our last disco hit of the month, I thought it would be appropriate to play this song:

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Two houses

Neighborhood decorations are going up.

Every year we look forward to two houses, side by side.  One has a Christmas spirit.  The other has a wicked sense of humor. 

Showing you would be better than trying to explain the joke.

So here goes:

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Another this and that

Successfully avoided Black Friday shopping. I ordered a few things on line because of decent discounts, but nothing amazing. Drew hit a few stores Thursday night, got a few deals. He needed a few things for Marvin. He saw Marvin yesterday, and now he has to go shopping again. I'm glad someone is paying attention to what Marvin needs.

I read that the outlet center where Becca used to work had unbelievable traffic jams. Drivers were complaining it took hours to leave the shopping center, even after the police brought in extra officers to help direct traffic. So glad Becca doesn't work there anymore.

Speaking of Becca, she hasn't said anything to me, but you don't have to be a detective to figure out she broke up with the boyfriend. He seemed nice enough, but I didn't think they were particularly well matched.

Jen is planning to spend Christmas Day at her boyfriend's house. I like her boyfriend, I think they make a nice couple. He took her to a Jets game for her birthday, he knows how to please my daughter.

We have a small get-together planned to night, celebrating a few birthdays at a Chinese restaurant. I did my birthday shopping before Thanksgiving. Should be a fun evening.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving redux

Recovering from a food coma ... and a hit of family drama ...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

We have quite a feast planned.

It's going to be a bit weird, though. The first holiday without my father.

Found myself thinking about him today, first while watching the parade on tv (he loved the Rockettes), and later, while I was picking up an order at the bakery and saw a cake I knew my father would love.

Still, the rest of us will gather around the table and overindulge. And be happy together.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, everyone..

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The 10th (Wo)man -- again

The phone rang around 8 PM. It was the Cantor. He needed a 10th for minyan.

With more than one shiva house, and the holiday approaching, it's hard to get a quorum.

But I was not the only one reciting Kaddish last night.

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