Saturday, January 23, 2016

V'ha-*sheleg* lahem chomah miminam u-mi-s'molam

Here's the original, from Parshat B'shalach, this morning's Torah reading:
כט  וּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הָלְכוּ בַיַּבָּשָׁה, בְּתוֹךְ הַיָּם; וְהַמַּיִם לָהֶם חֹמָה, מִימִינָם וּמִשְּׂמֹאלָם. 29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 

Here's my version, seen in this post's title:

. . .  and the snow was for them a wall on their right hand, and on their left.

Did I happen to mention that New York City is in mid-blizzard, along with much of the east coast of the United States?

When I finally got to shul (synagogue), delayed by the need to bundle up against 50-mile-per-hour (80.47-kilometer-per-hour) wind gusts and to plow through the snow (which was accumulating too rapidly to remove) on the sidewalks and streets, I found that the only folks who'd beaten me there were the cantor and the "acting rabbi," better known as my husband.  We ended up with a grand total of six people, and read the Torah and haftarah readings from a chumash, holding the Minchah/Afternoon Service right after kiddush, and cancelling Maariv/Evening Service at the synagogue for safety reasons.  I don't expect to leave our apartment building again before Monday.  Yep, it's cabin-fever time.


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