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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAlrighty, then!

Time to head for home.  Shabbos approacheth, although not until about 7:40 pm.  Dinner, then will be at a bit more reasonable hour - around 9:10 or so.

Gonna give myself a haircut and trim my beard in honor of Shabbos.  Gonna see if my wife needs me to do anything for her to prepare.

Good Shabbos, everybody!  Be excellent to each other; those of you who are alone, simply be excellent.  Carry on.
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The haircut will have to wait for next Shabbos, before the simchas Bar Mitzvah. 
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Shabbos is coming, less than a day to go! Getting the floors done well in advance. 
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+Philip Setnik Oooh, clever!
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Looks like we had a visit from frickin' Mothra! Kinda glad this is all I found! 
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Oh, goodie! 
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Heh.  

Today at work I got to be the go-to guy, the Johnny-on-the-spot, the man in the white hat, the fixer.... Nice feeling.  Glad I could help.
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Why, thank you, +Nora Qudus ! 
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For +Steph Kirby and +Derrick Whittet , with a tip-o-the-kippah to +Martin Conterez !
Candy with pumpkin spice flavoring? That's so very 2013. The flavor wizards at M&M/Mars have gone beyond the tepid cinnamon-ish flavor of their attempt two years ago, and have now added what we...
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I need these. No, I don't want them, I need them.
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Goodnight/good early morning, all! Gotta get some sleep! 
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Heh. Hadn't thought of that.  I'm hoping that it means there's an update in the offing.  Maybe a Stagefright patch?
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#dogday   #nationaldogday   #istinkatgimp  

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A Judaism for G+ News Brief:  What is a Bar Mitzvah?

Usual disclaimers apply.  I'm not a Rabbi, I'm more of a student.  I'm also a parent to three boys and a girl, and I know a little about this subject from experience.  For more details, please CYLOR (consult your local Orthodox Rabbi).  Nothing here is meant to proselytize, but only to enlighten and dispel misconceptions and myths, as appropriate.

So tomorrow, 13 solar years ago, our youngest son was born.  Happy Birthday, youngest son!

His birth was very special, as they all are - but this was extra special.  We thought we were done having kids.  But then we became observant of Torah, and decided we would have one more.  (It's a lot longer story than that, but this will do for now).  Our next youngest, the twins, were already seven when YS (Youngest Son) was born.  He is our only FFB (Frum from Birth) child - "frum" means "observant."  All of our other kids and us were baalei teshuvah - that is, we returned to Jewish observance after having been non-observant.

YS has never had non-kosher food, other than special baby formula that was questionable.  (He needed it to stay alive, so of course it is permissible.)  He has kept the Sabbath all his life.  He has studied Hebrew since age 3, Torah since age 5, and Talmud since age 10.

Now, tomorrow is his "English" birthday - he turns 13 on the Gregorian calendar.  But the more important date is the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Elul - which is a week from tomorrow - September 2 - this year.  18 Elul is YS's Hebrew birthday.

And on that day he will become a Bar Mitzvah.

Wait, isn't a Bar Mitzvah a big party?

Nope.  A Bar Mitzvah (Aramaic for "Son of the Commandment") is a young man, aged 13 years and one day, and he's a bonafide adult according to Jewish law.  That means he is obligated in all of the commandments, and entitled to all of the benefits of Jewish adulthood.  He can enter contracts.  He can get married.  He can serve on an informal court and act as a witness.  He counts toward the minimum requirement of 10 men needed for public prayer.

The origins of the Bar Mitzvah are rather obscure and found only in the Talmud.

(The party on his Hebrew birthday, and the birthday itself,  is called a Bo Bayom.  The party to celebrate his becoming a Bar Mitzvah is called a Simchas Bar Mitzvah - Hebrew for "Bar Mitzvah Party.")

On the Shabbos following his Bo Bayom he will be called up to the Torah at morning services.  He will read the weekly Torah portion, he will read the complementary piece from the Prophets, and he will lead the Mussaf (additional) service.  And he'll give a speech about the Torah portion.

Right after the morning service, the community will share with us in a big Kiddush - lots of food, herring, cholent, (a special stew for Shabbos), desserts, and beverages.

That night, there will be a big party at our house with his friends - a game truck, pizza, ice cream, and candy!

He's worked very hard preparing for his special day.  We're very proud of him.  And of course we love him very much - and even though Jewish law says he's an adult, he's still our YS.
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Mazel Tov!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
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Crazy mad rush to make Shabbos early... Have a good Shabbos, everyone! 
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Yes, +Paula Moore​ , very much so! Thank you! 
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I'm feeling unaccountably down and befuddled tonight.  I have many blessings to count: I am respected to an acceptable degree by my peers at work and at the Synagogue (we won't talk about the Beis Medrash - the Study Hall - where I'm tolerated as a rather bright simian); I have a wonderful family; a home that is the envy of several third-world (and even some second-world) nations; food to eat and refreshing liquids to drink; joyous occasions forthcoming for my children; and I'm fairly healthy, BA''H (no evil eye), although I'm often dismayed by the creaks and groans and pops from various parts of my body, as I keep forgetting that I am not 30 any longer; and I even have a place to waste time behave in a, shall we say, differently productive fashion here on Google+, for as long as it is around.

Yet tonight I'm kind of sad and just don't know which way to turn.  I have an irrational loneliness, like the guy standing in the corner with a drink in his hand, watching the party from the outside while in the same room.  I'm feeling unwitty, unintelligent, and kind of irrelevant.

I'm going to go clean some stuff.  It's going to be Shabbos tomorrow night, and we will be starting it early (we can do that, you know).  So that means less time after work to prepare, and of course I have a meeting right at the end of the day.

If anyone wants to say something cheerful (either about me or about their own life and day, just to demonstrate that I'm not entirely fishing here, only partly), your comments are most welcome.
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+Philip Setnik your one of my reasons for being on here and I look forward to your posts. I appreciate your thoughts you put into words and your opinions you voice. A saying from the dance world, "You're one cool cat!" :)
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I don't have adequate words to describe the disgust I have for the organizers of this Music Festival.  Shame on them and their cowardly, craven anti-Semitism and vile hypocrisy.

H/T to +Shmuel Gonzales .
 
Singer Capleton is due to make a main stage performance on Wednesday August 19, despite having been condemned for lyrics which include: "Shoulda know seh Capleton bun battyman [burn gays]/ Dem same fire apply to di lesbian/ All boogaman [gays] and sodomites fi get killed."

Anti-hate campaigners have cited him as one of several Jamaican reggae artists whose songs promote killing or attacking homosexuals. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Capleton as one of eight reggae artists responsible for a "murder music" trend in the genre, and notes that he failed to keep a 2007 pledge he to cease such lyrics.

So much for the festival's commitment to social activism and human rights!
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Typical Anti-Semitic hypocrisy
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