Thursday, September 21, 2006


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Listen the Shofar Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur and the Jewish month of Elul שופר

The shofar is used mainly at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is blown in synagogues to mark the end of the fast at Yom Kippur, and blown at four particular places at Rosh Hashanah. Because of its inherent ties to the Days of Repentance and the inspiration that comes along with hearing its piercing clasts, the shofar is also blown after morning services for the entire month of Elul (excluding Shabbath), which is the last month in the year but the sixth of the Jewish months which are counted from Nisan. It is not blown on the last day of month, however, to mark the difference between the voluntary blasts of the month and the mandatory blasts of the holiday. Shofar blasts are also used during penitential rituals such as Yom Kippur Katan and optional prayer services called during times of communal distress. It is also commonly blown to signify the beginning of worship at Karen Wheaton's ministries The Ramp. The exact modes of sounding can vary from location to location.

The shofar is now almost never used outside these times, though has been seen in western classical music on a limited number of occasions. The best known example is to be found in Edward Elgar's oratorio The Apostles, although an instrument such as the flugelhorn usually plays the part instead of an actual shofar.

It's Thursday!!

Thirteen Things I Have Floating Around In My Head (In no particular order.)
1…. I'm so tired; why am I doing this?
2.... Was that a mouse or a dust bunny?
3..... How am I ever going to lose those extra five pounds if I eat pop tarts?
4.... Gotta buy that Power Ranger Costume.
5..... Don't you dare buy that Power Ranger Costume!
6.... Not gonna see J. for another week.
7..... Can't believe it's the (Jewish) New Year again ALREADY!
8.... I'm so tired, why am I doing this?
9.... Am I allowed to use the same thought twice?
10.... I don't think these lines look straight.
11.... I need glasses.
12.... Shit - have to make Max lunch!
13.... How did I get a mosquito bite on my butt?
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Second Half of the Weekend

Well, I wrote about the first half of the weekend on O.B. - so in the interest of equal time, here's the second half. You like how I do that? Split the weekend so I have a little for this one, a little for that one. That takes skill, you know. Skill and know how - and I have them both in SPADES! (Omigod. Totally cracking myself up!)

So, on Sunday, after the battle royal to get Max to Hebrew School (which I should probably call Religious school, since they don't really learn Hebrew yet...) the kids and I went to go play tennis w/J and his daughter. It went really well. She is really cute and sweet and my boys love her & were totally vying for her attention. Actually, J and his daughter were defintely the cool ones. I was relegated to ball fetcher. Kinda nice to sit back & watch others do the work, though!

As we're getting into the car Max goes: "Daddy has a girlfriend!" "Oh, yes? What makes you think that?" "Well, I heard her say on the phone that she was at the zoo with her boyfriend, and I knew she was with Daddy... so...." "Oh, I see." "And I asked Daddy - and he said yes."

When I talked to X about it today he said that then Max said to him: "Why didn't you tell me earlier?!?" And then went around tellng all the kids at McDonalds that "My Daddy has a girlfriend!"

There's no figuring these kids.

But, it was a great day, everybody seemed to feel comfortable, and I finally had the chance to see another part of J's life... which I never really get a chance to. Not that I feel kept out... but when you don't see a person's home, or their things.... it's a huge part of them. Just wait 'til October - when he moves! (I'll report back about any strange stuff he might have!)

Sooo tired by the end of the day, long day Saturday, up early for bloody Religious Education on Sunday, then out in the sun, all day Sunday... But so nice

Monday, September 18, 2006

Alternative Income Stream my butt!

"Stream of Income?" I don't know. I don't talk like that. I'm a social worker fer crying out loud! (And isn't THAT an awaful stereotype?! Just because I'm a non-profit do-gooder should NOT mean I know nothing about the business world! I'll have to do a cost benefit analysis of that...)

The point of this, though, is I just checked my google "Ad-Sense" account. THe one where I'm supposed to be making money for my chidrens' college education, my trip to the Bahamas, etc...

Easy money, right.

THree months: $2.69.

As the client who repeatedly asked me if she should send in her claim form to be part of a class action suit ("Shoud I send it in? Will I get money." "I don't know. I can't tell you. You have to make the decision." "But what should I do?" "I don't know. I can't tell you." "But..." You get the picture.) She said: "Well, a millionaire it won't make me."