Another Fast Fast

An easy fast:  This year’s remarkably mild weather helps make the fast a breeze.  Even though I slip out as they start Musaf and don’t return until they’ve almost finished Mincha, it is still a long day with a lot of hours logged in the beit knesset. Our kehillah takes a very equal-opportunity approach to t’fillot by allowing even a tone-deaf bullfrog to act as shaliach tzibur. I guess the plan is to make God laugh so hard that she’ll forgive all our sins…

What?!  Columbia University defends their invitation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by saying, “Sure, we would invite Hitler.”  I am very saddened by this confusion many people have between protecting freedom of speech and providing legitimacy to lunatics, fanatics, and others of their ilk.  By providing a serious forum, Columbia lends credence to these knuckleheads.  They have enough soapboxes in the world; they don’t need our help.  Hat tip to Northern LS.

More hatzavim:Northern LS is not only a prolific contributor to this blog, but she also happens to work with Lior Carmon, who is a talented photographer.  Lior has provided these closeups of hatzavim.




3 responses to “Another Fast Fast

  1. Superb photographs. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Superb photos. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Based on these pictures of hatzavim I stand by my identification of it as Urginea maritima. One of many common English names for this plant is Sea squill. It has some ethnobotanical (economic botany) uses for those who care to do further research.

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