Monday, March 22, 2010

An archeological dig on my blog :)

In the comments to my Non-Orthos, Jewish observance, & feminism post, I said, "I began wearing a tallit at 24 and tefillin at about 28, but didn't make the commitment to use them every weekday until two or three years ago. (I posted about it somewhere, but I can't find that post.)" After writing that comment, I searched my blog quite carefully for the post to which I'd referred, to try to figure out when I took upon myself the obligation to pray three times daily, but my February 2008 The long and short of it seems to be as close as I can get. I could have sworn that I'd written a blog post about that decision, but I can't find it anywhere. All I can remember is that I made the decision on a Rosh Chodesh that took place on a Sunday. Until then, I'd resisted giving up my only day to sleep late, but somehow, Rosh Chodesh seemed like a good time to start.

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You readers are largely to "blame" :) for this decision: Though I'd often posted that there's no logical reason for a healthy woman without children or with children over the age of Bar (13) or Bat (12) Mitzvah not to pray three times daily, I hadn't quite "gotten there" yet, and I got tired enough of trying to justify my own hypocrisy that I finally decided it was high time I put my prayers where my mouth was. A little peer pressure goes a long way. :)

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I rarely miss Shacharit (Morning Service) anymore, and I remember to say Mincha (Afternoon Service) most days, even when sundown comes early and I almost miss the proper time. Maariv/Arvit (Evening Service) has turned out to be the biggest challenge, in the long run--I have so many things to do when I get home that, unless I'm coming home after sunset and can pray on the subway, I'm often just too tired.

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Ah, the Orthodox Union website's "Zmanim calendar" comes to the rescue: There was a Sunday Rosh Chodesh on February 18, 2007. That's probably the one.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010 update: Found it!


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