We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Tuesday, November 1. 2005
Our second installment of Nathan's diary: Click the Aliyah Diary category on upper left to learn what this is about. (Got to remind him to translate all of these Hebrew words into English, in parentheses, for us goyim.)
Oct 14, 2005: Yom Kippur and Ariel
And just a warning to Aaron that if he doesn't do things just so, just right, punklicht, he'll get zapped too. I think I learned that when the chief Cohen went to pray for the sins of the Jewish people once a year into the sanctum sanctorum of the Temple, he had to do the prep, the fasting, the special clothes. And for the just in case, a rope was tied around his ankle: should he be struck dead inside (for not being completely pure, purely contrite), he could be pulled out, as no one could enter. What a life insurance policy.
Things get more intense. There is this recitation of a prayer, asking God to be merciful with us, and citing the several deeply religious rabbis who were flayed to death, or burned al kiddush hashem. Not just burned: to be sure this would be a horrific death, they put on the chest of one rabbi moist branches (smoked Jew), and the coup de grace, put a Torah scroll in his arms as the fire finally envelopes him.
Copyright N. Szajnberg, MD, 2005
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