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Use a shofar to fix wake up call problems

A NYT story this week about hotel alarm wake up calls problems-calls don't come, alarm clocks too complicated. Causes big problems for business travelers. Hotels are changing their method. Rabbi Reflects: The SHOFAR Ram's Horn is our wake up call (as Maimonides/Rambam states) Miss it and big...

Internet confession or Rambam's way?

Web master, for I have sinned By Stephanie Simon | Tribune Newspapers: Los Angeles Times September 2, 2007 - In the hush of a warm afternoon, Rev. Larry Solan waits for sinners. The veteran priest sets aside a half-hour every Saturday to hear the failings of his flock at St. Mark Catholic...

Things I overheard while talking to Myself."

In Parade mag. After nearly dying in 2003, Alan Alda decided to take stock oh his life. The result is Things I overheard while talking to Myself." High Holidays for Jews is time to overhear things while talking to ourselves prompted by near death scenerio (Book of Life). email me at...

Things I overheard while talking to Myself."

In Parade mag. After nearly dying in 2003, Alan Alda decided to take stock oh his life. The result is Things I overheard while talking to Myself." High Holidays for Jews is time to overhear things while talking to ourselves prompted by near death scenerio (Book of Life). email me at...

What is on your Jewish to-do-list

To Do Lists Scratch another off the list September 2, 2007 Chgo Tribune Sunday "We were jotting down a few items for our customary Saturday errand list when we heard about a new Web site dedicated to lists. It's called Meosphere -- a perfect name, really -- and it offers list enthusiasts a...

Selihote-out so late but only once a year

Yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times had series of sad stories about crimes in the cities bad neighborhoods-shootings, carjacking, robberies. Then I noticed the time of the crimes 2:30 am , 3 am etc. My 92 year old mother-in-law always said to my wife when she was a teen "nothing good happens after...

Anyone need change?

I am President of the Niles Township Clergy Association. We had a goodbye breakfast for4 retiring Christian colleague. When it cam, time to pay the bill, the waitperson said "anyone need change." Normally, nothing special. But a few days before our penitential payer service selihote, it added extra...

Travels and chronicling

Travels and chronicling Two interesting travel stories in the paper. A column about a man who decided, as a teen, to take a cross country road trip to visit a friend who had done something dumb and was in jail across the country. he go together the $100 for the bus fare. He cites Jack Kerouac's...

Cubs game? No, a wake.

Cubs? No-Wake I'm in the locker room this am after working out and a guy in my section says to another guy- "dressing down today? Must be a Cub's game." The guy answers, "no, its my brothers wake. Did not feel up to going into work." The rest of us offered condolences and asked about the brother....

Freud's view of Judaism shaping the world:

From New York Times on Freud's view of Judaism shaping the world: "Part of the appeal of Greek religion lay in the fact that it offered adherents direct, and often gorgeous, renderings of the immortals — and also, perhaps, the possibility of meeting them on earth. With its panoply of saints,...

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