“The Shofar is likened to a spiritual alarm clock. The 40 days leading up to Yom Kippur are to be a time of soul-searching, and repentance. The Shofar’s sound reminds me that I have to do the spiritual and humanitarian work needed before the Day of Atonement.”—
“We all understand the struggle to keep the synagogue’s lights on. But the light that really matters is the light of Torah, the light of community, the light that we kindle through sacred relationships.”—
So I think we all need to step up our religious diversity awareness game a little bit. I’m not asking you to know what or when Purim (or even Hanukkah) is but Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur should be on everyone’s radar. So should Eid ul-Fitr (Islam) and Diwali (Hindu). I don’t want to just be a complainer, I want to do my part in this area so I’m going to do two things:
1. I’m going to give you a little primer on the Jewish High Holy Days and their observance in Louisville. Throughout the year I may throw in some info about “minor” but fun Jewish holidays like Purim and other major ones like Passover.
2. I’m going to publish guest posts from writers of different faiths about their religion’s holiest days and rituals and how those holidays are observed in Louisville. So please consider this an open call for guest writers, who are not Jewish, to educate us about your faith’s most holy times. I’d be pleased as could be to get writers representing Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shinto and others. Also I’m aware that some Christian denominations have different/additional holy days (I’m thinking of Orthodox Christians who celebrate Christmas on a day other than December 25 I believe, correct me if I’m wrong) so I’d love to have those voices represented as well.
“10Q was inspired by the traditional ten days of reflection that occur between the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a period of time that’s long been considered an opportunity to look at where you’re at, where you’ve come from, and where you’re heading. Whether you’re Jewish or not, though, 10Q is a great way for anyone to look back at the year that’s past, look ahead at the year to come, and take stock. That’s a beautiful thing in any language.”—10Q: Reflect. React. Renew | Life’s Biggest Questions. Answered By You.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” -Maya Angelou
“I went to Marta Siegel’s bat mitzvah and sat alone, riveted. The congregants came late, fell asleep and gossiped loudly. They behaved like a family in a home, not like guests at a museum. There was no priest handing down edicts. It was us and God, hanging out.”—
This Shabbat (Parashat Re’eh) we’re hosting three people from my synagogue and a friend who isn’t Jewish. The menu for this week is focused on great end of summer vegetables. The Perfect Ending Mocha Cake is a recipe I found several weeks back and it was such a hit it’s making a repeat…
My latest and most niche site ever: Mostly Vegan Shabbat.
Put chickpeas and corn in a food processor and pulse them to get a course mixture. A few half chickpeas remaining is fine. Transfer to a bowl.
Add about a 1/4 C sour cream and 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard and mix until creamy. Everything else (including more sour cream and dijon mustard) is to taste. Mine has a good amount of vinegar and lemon juice (I like tart!) and a huge amount of dill.
I’m serving it as an open faced sandwich on toast with a choice of toppings like roasted red peppers, sliced tomatoes, red onions and olives.
“Why are you so afraid? my lovers and friends have asked me the many times I have suddenly seemed a stranger, someone who would not speak to them, would not do the things they believed I should do, simple things like applying for a job, or a grant, or some award they were sure I could acquire easily. Entitlement, I have told them, is a matter of feeling like we rather than they. You think you have a right to things, a place in the world, and it is so intrinsically a part of you that you cannot imagine people like me, people who seem to live in your world, who don’t have it.”—A Question of Class by Dorothy Allison (via skeskali2)
Financially, I’m in the best shape of my life right now. My house will be paid off in about 5 years at the rate I am going, I have a great retirement portfolio that I contribute aggressively towards and it continues to grow, and my business is doing well even as we’ve expanded with a new employee and several contractors.
I had the highest credit score at a time in my life when I was leveraged to the hilt and I lived paycheck to paycheck. Now that I have my own business, a healthy retirement, and can pay for everything I need/want, I have a low score and I’m dubbed a higher risk even though my ability to pay is very high. I used to think a credit score was all about your ability to pay, but it’s clear now it’s more about how profitable you will be to banks.
“Groupon plans to sell itself to the public at a $30 billion valuation. It’s worth noting, then, that the online discounter has accumulated liabilities that greatly exceed its assets and is now running low on cash. The technical term for this is “broke ass poor.”—
“The Marion County coroner’s office is refusing to release Santiago’s body to her partner; the office cited the Defense of Marriage Act as the reason why they’ve turned down Brennon’s request to pick up her loved one’s remains. DOMA allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Indiana has its own version of DOMA that outlaws same-sex marriage. Since Indiana law requires the next-of-kin to pick up Santiago’s body, but the state won’t recognize Brennon as the surviving spouse, Santiago’s body is still laying in the morgue awaiting a solution. It’s unclear whether or not Santiago has other family available to claim her corpse and take it home for burial.”—
“As an industry, we need to understand that not wanting root access doesn’t make you stupid. It simply means you do not want root access. Failing to comprehend this is not only a failure of empathy, but a failure of service.”—Mule Design Studio’s Blog: The Failure of Empathy