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Running on Jewish Time

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

This is not immediately related to Elul, but is appropriate considering the quote from this week's parsha:

And G-d who said that day, To be for Him a treasured nation as He said to you and guard His commandments and to elevate you above all the nations and make you a praise, name and glory, that you should be a holy nation to L-rd, your G-d, as it was said [Devarim 26: 18-19]

no matter how hard you try, the hebrew is always better.

So what? well for everyone attending a secular school, who has spent the past couple days going to professor after teaching assistant after employer, explaining exactly why the aren't able to take an exam on the first day of such a minor holiday as succot, this is why you're doing it.

So all the trouble we take juggling the holidays and the work and the school is a living demonstration of this "elevation above all nations" and a yet another sign that we don't march to the beat of their year

Monday, August 30, 2004

On Social Climbing

If Becky Sharp is a modern hero, breaking into the elite, does that mean the goal of the modern world is for the cream of the crop to be the entire pot or a meritocracy of the most ruthless, selfish and callous?

Ask a Jew a Question: 12 Elul 5754

I love being Jewish, not least of all because if you ask a Jew a Question, you get one in return. So to honor that wonderful ability and help us all get our ideas straight for Elul, we'll start with a favorite of mine:

If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you do?

The purpose of shofar is a wake up call so today reccomendation, especailly to everyone out of school is to get up and go here the shofar.

Three points for anyone who can come with a why the shofar is used on both Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and when taking out the walls of Jericho.

But, No says I can't

Here's a mind straightener for Elul:

If life is really a matter of coming closer to G-d, why do people argue if they are allowed to do something, it's okay.

It's not. It means that you are doing Absolutely Nothing, that brings you closer to G-d. In short, zapping time out of your life.

Instead let's try something:

Why should I do this how does it bring you closer to G-d?

Sunday, August 29, 2004

My End of the Year Project

This is Jewish Time, about fifteen minutes late.

It's Elul, the last month of the year for everyone who's still trapped in Westren time. We're about a third of the way through and have another 20 days before G-d is going to give us a pass/fail grade. This is my end of the year project.

I, and others can relate, really don't feel like its Elul yet, after all I'm starting classes tommarow. I'm not evaluating myself, and my actions for the past year. So, I going to write about it. What Elul is, halkhot [laws], articles and see if we can wander back into Jewish Time.

So here's a start:

Rambam's [Maimonides] definition of repentance is: [taken from R' Breitowitz's lecture]

  1. Stop doing the Sin! [simple and very difficult]
  2. Regret It [it's really hard to regret things when you're having fun]
  3. Refuse to do it again [ G-d does know what you're thinking ]

For more go look it up in Mishnah Torah.


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