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One would think that chocolate ice cream with mini M&Ms would be really good.

But it's not.

It's just not.

Sadly.
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it is a very delicate combo, I think you really should check it out #forscience  
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How could I possibly have nearly missed this? Happy Birthday to the brilliant, erudite, and passionate +Theophilus Floyd​!

I'm so glad to have made your acquaintance here; knowing you has been an enriching experience. May you have many more happy, healthy birthdays! 
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Thank you good sir Rife! Amen! Greatly appreciated!
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Very happy birthday to the lovely, charming, and talented +Erica Muller ! Don't see you nearly enough around here of late; thank goodness for LinkedIn. Anyway, enjoy the day, and have many, many more happy, healthy birthdays!

And of course, I also wish Happy Birthday to the equally lovely, charming, and talented +Brett Lipton , the Svengali of the Insurance Business! I hope you also have a fantastic day and many more years of health and happiness!
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Thank you Izzy!!!
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Last week I published a post regarding my father's yahrzeit (the anniversary of his death five years ago), and the activities I was planning to benefit his soul and cherish his memory. That's here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PhilipSetnik/posts/3QXXYtmcyTa

This video shows me making my Siyum (conclusion) on Tractate Megilla in the Babylonian Talmud.

There's a young man who parks himself right between me and the camera for a bunch of it, but that's ok. It's not about the production values.

May my father's neshama have an aliyah (may his soul be called up in Heaven).
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Video is 1 second too long!
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A dark and spooky #streamsync  , thanks to +Nancinator Can See You and +Jodee Bayert !
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LOL!!!
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I have to admit that it is a small bummer that I don't have time to take two fellow Ohioans out for a drink for their Mutual birthday. I'm very glad that I have the opportunity to wish them many more happy trips around the Sun, full of health and happiness and surrounded by loved ones.

Happy Birthday to the lovely, charming, and talented +Aimee Lambes​; and the dashing, debonair, and effervescent +Derek Arnold​ ! 
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Thank you +Aimee Lambes​ and happy birthday! Thank you +Philip Setnik​ for the birthday greetings!
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I see this every once and a while on Twitter.

And I always think to myself, with regard to the current political campaign, that the Media is actually getting played pretty good these days.
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Almost everybody, say about 99.9999%, are getting played. That specifically includes those who are fighting for the oligarchy because they foolishly assume they could ever benefit from the corruption.
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Good Shabbos, everyone! 
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This article by my good friend and often colleague +Leon Adato is important not just for the content it presents - although it is important for that. It is also important because it provides a valuable lesson in double entendre - I think I stopped counting at 57 or so.
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Welp, another week bites the dust. It's been pretty horrendous for our French and Turkish brothers and sisters. We must offer up prayers for those who have been lost and for those left behind.

Next week is the Republican National Convention. I pray as well for peace and calm here in my home city. G-d willing I won't be writing that "we had a horrendous week here in Cleveland."

My Daughter-from-two-other-parents, +Lindsey Clements​, is winging her way to Japan with her family, where her husband will begin a three-year assignment. I miss them already, and pray that G-d protects them during their journey and their stay in the East.

All of you, my friends and followers, I beg you, be kind, enjoy the coming 25 hours whether it is your Sabbath or not, show love every chance you get, and come back and see me tomorrow night, all refreshed and energized. May G-d bless you, and if G-d is not part of your life or ken, may you find renewed energy and strength.

Good Shabbos. See you in 25 hours. 
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Peace be upon you, and upon us all. Good shabbos, my friend. 
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Hey, +Shelly Kay - You said we should post something for which we are #grateful.

I'm grateful you asked.

I'm also grateful that you post your photography here. That's some excellent surreal stuff.
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+Philip Setnik thank you and yeah, no news please, unless it's someone telling me I won the lottery.
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The staff at Judaism for G+ Headquarters wishes you all a Happy Bastille Day!

Usual disclaimers apply - I'm not a Rabbi, just an ordinary Torah-observant Jew who believes that ignorance leads to hatred, blah blah blah Dark Side, and so I like to share bits of my religion with others. I intend no proselytizing, just educating.

Content warning - if you are triggered by Hebrew words, or by discussion of religious practice in general, read at your own risk.

Yes, it's Bastille Day, a significant national holiday in France. It's also the date on the Gregorian calendar that my father passed away five years ago.

I miss him every day, today quite a bit, but more so on this coming Monday. That's the Hebrew anniversary of his death, his yahrzeit. That's the 12th of Tammuz, for those interested.

I will be doing several things to commemorate the day:

I will lead the thrice-daily prayer services all three times that day.

Every week in the Synagogue we read a section from the Torah (the Five Books of Moses). The parsha is divided into seven readings plus we repeat part of the last. For each reading we honor someone by calling them up to recite a blessing over that section. It is customary to give this honor to someone observing a yahrzeit in the coming week.

I will be called up for the blessing over maftir, that repeated section at the end. This also means I will be reciting the haftarah, the section from the Prophets that we read to go with the reading from the Torah.

Saturday afternoon I am hoping to sponsor the meal for Seuda Shelishit - the third meal we are commanded to eat on Shabbos. This gives me the right to lead the Grace After Meals.

Sunday Evening I will be making, G-d willing, a siyum (conclusion) on a tractate of the Talmud - this means that I have completed the study of this tractate (Megilla, in this case). This will include food and drink for those gathered to make bless over and partake of.

There is a special prayer called the Kaddish that has become associated with mourners, but also marks various points in the prayer service. The prayer has nothing to do with mourning, and everything to do with extolling G-d and His great Name. I'll say different versions of that throughout the day, including a special one after the siyum.

I'll bring a snack to the synagogue Monday morning, again, so that the attendees there for prayer services can partake, and recite blessings over the food in my father's memory.

Finally, I will hopefully make it to the cemetery to visit his grave, and recite some heatfelt words and some chapters from Psalms.

You may be thinking "Why do all these things?" Well, glad you asked!

We Jews believe that everything we do has an impact on our soul's status in the World to Come. If we do what is right - learn Torah, do mitzvos (that is, follow the commandments), and perform acts of chesed - kindness - our souls will be elevated close to G-d's presence. We hope that is what happens to the souls of our loved ones. (If the soul does not make it into "Heaven" the first time around, or even the 10th time around, it will come back to this world to try again. Separate post.) We assume that our loved ones got in.

But once a person dies, they can no longer do anything to improve their Heavenly lot. I've heard the analogy to a concert in an amphitheater. G-d is at the center, with the souls of very righteous people closest to His presence. Good and average souls are further back, and the souls who just squeak by are all the way up in the nosebleed section. And there is nothing a soul can do to get closer.

But his descendants and others can help. By doing things in the name of the deceased - leading prayers, saying blessings, learning Torah and making a siyum, doing other mitzvahs and acts of chesed in their name, saying Kaddish (see the pattern, here) - these all aid the soul of the deceased to get closer to the Divine Presence in Heaven.

(Of course there are other understandings of this, other interpretations of what happens after we pass - but this explanation has been gleaned by me from a number of sources over the years.)

So all the things I will be doing starting Sunday night with the lighting of a special candle, all the way through to Monday evening when the yahrzeit ends, I will try and do for the betterment of my father's soul.

May he rest in peace, and be brought ever closer to the Divine Presence.

I love you, Pa.
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May his memory always be a blessing and may HaShem bless you all xxx
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I am dedicated to helping others be more successful.

I also teach - and I love to be in front of a class helping them learn.

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