At the Culmination of Yom HaKippurim – the Day of Atonement

The sun is setting.  The congregation’s spirits have revived.  Some of us feel like angels, who neither eat nor drink.

Forgiveness shines out.

 

The leader of the congregation proclaims —

· Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One!

The congregation itself proclaims even louder —

· Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One!

The leader of the congregation proclaims —

◦ Blessed is the name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever!
◦ Blessed is the name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever!
◦ Blessed is the name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever!

The congregation responds —

◦ Blessed is the name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever!
◦ Blessed is the name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever!
◦ Blessed is the name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever!

The leader of the congregation proclaims —

  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!

The congregation responds —

  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!
  • The L-rd is The G-d!

The leader of the congregation proclaims —

◦ May His Great Name be exalted and hallowed . . .

In the world that He created according to His will. /

And may He establish His kingship /

And bring forth His redemption /

And hasten the arrival of His Messiah . . .

In your lives and in your days . . .

[Exalted and hallowed] higher than all blessings and songs /

Praises and consolations /

That angels utter . . .

The leader of the congregation sounds the shofar with a great blast after the congregation has broken out in singing and dancing.

Victoriously all proclaim —

• Next year in Jerusalem!

◦ May all our prayers and our beggings be accepted before our Father Who is in Heaven . . .

He Who makes the peace in His heavens /

May He make peace among us . . .

Watching the star Sirius in early October

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Kansas City

At 6:15 AM Daylight Time, I saw Sirius about two handbreadths above the horizon, just a bit east of due south. This was about one hour and ten minutes before local sunrise.

The constellation Orion was correspondingly just a bit west of due south.

Compare this with my earliest sighting this year on August 21st. Then, Sirius rose only a short time before sunrise.

More importantly, Sirius was then roughly 20 degrees ahead of the sun. Today, Sirius was about 80 degrees ahead of the sun.

A plot idea – a scene of Suspense

A woman holding a child’s hand tells me that she needs to make a call.

“Do you have a cell phone I could use?” she asks.

I answer, “Tell me the number and I’ll dial.”

“No,” she insists. “I’m going to dial it myself. Please.”

But I insist. She relents, I dial, and the call goes through.

I start to hand her the phone, and she screams. Quickly I enter my car, lock the door, and call 911.

I describe this incident to the emergency operator and add, “This seems strange. Was she signaling a partner to abort their plan for a crime?”

Police officers eventually arrive. They listen to me in a desultory way. They do perk up when I suggest that something nefarious might have been in the making.

“Perhaps she was going to run off with my phone, I would chase her, and her confederate was going to steal my car?”

The officers file a report. Eventually, a detective contacts me. “Can you help identify this woman? Your incident may fit a pattern of recent crimes.”

End Subplot

 

City Planning in Jerusalem

Urban planning in the Municipality of Jerusalem could call itself “Terrestrial Jerusalem” based on a long-standing phrase from the Jewish tradition. Try pronouncing “Yerushalayim de’le’Tata” – yeh roo shah LIE yim dĕ lĕ TAH tah.

The literal translation of this Aramaic phrase is “Jerusalem of Below.”

Jerusalem Below
Jerusalem Below

We humans try to develop the earthly Jerusalem consistent with the values of the Divine Jerusalem – Jerusalem of Above.

So what constitutes the Jerusalem of Above?

Patience, my friend.


I feel justified in having stolen the original logo from a disreputable organization. I made significant changes such as rewriting a Hebrew language title with this traditional one in Aramaic.

What looks like Arabic script is nonsense. I scrambled the original Arabic title into figures that are not Arabic letters. This line of figures represents the character of a holy Jerusalem that illuminates the entire world.

Dogs – Barkers and Neighbors

The ‘barkers’ never get the idea that I’m a friendly neighbor.

Mostly, my neighbors’ dogs have gotten used to my presence. In one case, for instance, I lived in an apartment where I shared a landing with a neighbor. I had to pass her door every time that I entered and left my apartment.

I wasn’t surprised that her dog barked as I climbed the stairway up to the landing when she first moved in.

Soon enough, though, this dog recognized my footfalls, not to mention my smell. It would still run to the door to check out what was going on, but it didn’t bark.

If this dog had had any doubt whether I was friend or foe, I greeted my neighbor with a friendly “Hi” and a friendly face.

Contrast this with a ‘barker’. The driveway of the family home abutted our neighbor’s driveway. Nearby, starting at the end of the driveway, my new neighbor had three dogs. (That’s a story by itself.)

I hadn’t yet learned the lesson of this post – that some dogs never stop greeting a neighbor with barking.

I had some friendly conversations with my new neighbor, visible to the dogs. In order to stop the barking, I naively asked my neighbor if she minded whether I bring over some dog biscuit crumbs to share with the dogs through their chain link fence. She told me that it was fine.

The dogs got used to the idea that I might have some biscuits. Two of them were well trained. They eagerly sat down. Sometimes, I gave them nothing, though; sometimes some biscuit crumbs. Regardless they didn’t bark.

The ‘barker’ never stopped barking – whether I fed him or not. He was actually so high-strung that try as he would, he couldn’t really sit. He’d lower his rear end, and then up it would pop.

Where I live now, I pass a neighbor’s doorway on my way to a laundry room. His/her ‘barker’ still won’t stop barking at me. At times, this dog even barks when hearing the building’s front door open.

It looks like I have a ‘barker’ as a non-neighbor.

Return Envelopes

Until recently, return envelopes in bills,* for instance, have been inserted in mailings with the flaps turned forward.

Not an especially big deal.

I take out a bill and want to replace it in the mailing that I received, but the flap gets in the way.

This should be the worse thing that ever happens to anyone.

Then all of a sudden, I received a few bills from the same businesses, and the return envelope has been inserted turned around in a sensible way.

What happened?

Is the Vast Eternal Plan changing?


  • bills in the mail – Why not? I often pay them electronically, but I like the offline paper copy. Among other things, the paper copies remind me to enter the electronic debits into the register of my checking account. If I were a rich man, perhaps I wouldn’t bother to balance my checkbook.
  • Actually, I am a “rich man.” My riches include children and grandchildren who live practically around the corner, good health (for my age, having reached the milestone of 64 years old as I write this), and on and on.