Thursday, December 29, 2011

I'm getting sick from minyan

No, that's not a mistake--I'm sick from minyan, not sick of minyan.

My father died in early June. By June 10, I was commuting to ye olde "kaddish minyan" again. Less than a month later, I got a cold bad enough to keep me out of work for several days.

Fast-forward several months. In early December, I was out sick with a cold again. I gave myself a couple of weeks to recover, then returned to minyan on the first day of Chanukah. Sure enough, by the seventh day, I had a sore throat.

My unfortunate conclusion: We won't be able to move to our friends' delightful Jewish neighborhood, full of kosher restaurants (meat and dairy), kosher grocery stores, and synagogues (here's theirs), all within easy walking distance of one another, until after I retire, because having to wake up at least 45 minutes earlier every weekday for the longer commute would wreak havoc on my health. (I'm waking up an hour early to go to minyan.) The next best alternative is a neighborhood with a commute only about 10 minutes longer than my current commute. There are enough Jews there to sustain an eruv, but, sadly, living within walking distance of a synagogue there will probably put us about a 20-minute walk (with shopping cart) from the nearest kosher grocery store. Oh, well. On the plus side, some of the local kosher restaurants deliver. It's almost impossible to get kosher food delivered to our current neighborhood, unless you're an institution ordering in large quantity (or you're willing to settle for whatever you can get from or freshdirect, neither of which sells kosher swiss cheese).


Blogger The Physicist said...

Ever consider that the problem is that you are walking long distances in the dark in December and not that you are getting up early?

Thu Dec 29, 04:17:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Walking in the dark certainly doesn't help, but that doesn't explain why I got sick in early July.

Thu Dec 29, 04:22:00 PM 2011  

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