In memory of Ronald Fischman, 54, was stabbed to death in his Philadelphia home last week by a man he had tried to help. He was described by his rabbi as "one of the most compassionate people I know - he had an enormous heart."
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Today's title is a serious question - How do you pronounce the word "roof"?
Where I grew up, the top of your house was pronounced "ruf" (rhymes with book) and the horse's foot a "huf".
Then I moved to Mississippi. Down there folks say "reeuf" (sounds better in a phrase, like "cat on a hot tin reeuf").
Then my Mississippi buddy and I drove across the country in his pickup. His name is Billy Joe. I am not making this up.
When we got to California, we happened to arrive in time for my cousins
wedding. He didn't want to stay for the whole wedding of distant cousins
of mine that I myself hardly knew. But he stayed for the ceremony and
Upon departure, BJ made this observation:
"That wan't no wedding."
"What are you talking about?"
"I'm telling you, that wan't no wedding. There ain't no wedding cake!"
(BJ likes cake.)
Here's the deal. The High Holidays are a banquet. Rosh Hashana is the
Entrée. Yom Kippur (ironically because we fast) is the First Course.
Sukkot is the Main Course. Simchat Torah is Dessert.
Now, if you had your Entrée and First Course but don't have your Main Course, you're going to leave the Banquet a bit hungry.
So first thing to do over the next 8 days is find a Sukka to sit in for a few minutes. Chances are there's one near you.
Now, you could have the Main Course but leave before dessert, but if you do, your soul is gonna say, "That wan't no wedding!"
And if and when you find yourself in a sukkah, here's the question to ask: What's the most important thing to have in a sukkah?
Happy Holidays and Shana Tova and don't forget to enjoy our beautiful new Fall Good News Newsletter.
(This blog will be enjoying the Banquet until October 24)
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