Friday, October 14, 2022

This advertisement distracts people from danger

Thanks to Beth Hamon for posting this video. Watch and, especially, listen--appearances can be deceiving (and/or distracting, if the advertiser considers it necessary to prevent the target audience from focusing on the truth). 😡

Thursday, October 06, 2022

Slightly belated, another Yom Kippur song by Eliana Light

Here's Eliana Light singing her new melody to an old Yom Kippur piyyut (liturgical poem), El Nora, accompanied by the Hadar's Rising Song Institute Fellowship cohort of 2021-2022. 

Sorry about the lateness of this post, but this video didn't appear on Facebook until just hours before Yom Kippur.

My fastin' days are done

 I'm 73 with some chronic health problems, and I was wondering how long I would be able to continue fasting on Yom Kippur. I got my answer today (er, yesterday)--I can no longer fast on Yom Kippur. I can tolerate being hungry or thirsty or having a low-grade headache, but getting dizzy is hazardous to my health. I've already broken my left wrist 3 times (because I'm a lefty) and my right wrist once, and I've injured both knees, all from falling. The combination of severe osteoporosis and chronic balance problems is a bit scary for a woman of my age. And, to boot, after the fast, I got several hours of leg and foot cramps, which our son thinks might have been caused by dehydration. From now on, I'm eating a hard-boiled egg and drinking at least one glass of water before going to synagogue on Yom Kippur morning.

The good news is that I got absolutely no flack from any of the other folks in my synagogue when I told them that I was breaking my fast. It probably helped that I was able to hold out until we went home for the post-Musaf break, but I did borrow my husband's water bottle (which he'd brought because he was warned by his doctor not to get dehydrated) and take a good swig in the synagogue office before we left. I don't think I've ever attended a synagogue in which the rabbi or cantor or whoever was "in charge" didn't announce that people should not fast if they weren't well enough. I guess I'm lucky that way, and I hope that such an announcement is, or becomes, commonplace.

P.S. I'm still up at this ridiculous hour because I want to be sure that the leg and foot cramps have finished having fun with me--it's worse being awakened by a leg cramp than staying up.

Sunday, October 02, 2022

A musical prayer for Yom Kippur, by Eliana Light

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