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My Rabbi reminded me of the old (allegedly Chinese) curse: "May you live in interesting times."

These are, unfortunately, interesting times. From deep within myself, in concentric circles continuing out as far as the eyes can see, and beyond to the edges of perception and comprehension, interesting times.

(I need one of those Woody and Buzz memes.)

In case I don't mention it later, Good Shabbos, everyone. 
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good shabbos.

may your times get boring.
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Mooshy, Mooshy. 
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Hi
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I'm starting to crack under the pressure!  I'm having to choke back rejoinders, retorts, rebuttals, and snide comments!  I am in no mood to be trifled with with which to be trifled!

GArarraahhhggghhh!!    <-- me, choking back stuff mentioned above.
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message received.

Do not trifle with Phil while he is choking on a torte.

Phil is in no mousse.

I hope whoever is causing you angst, gets their just desserts.
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A new taste treat - the Irene Cara Cara Orange!

I ate one, and my tongue said, What a feeling!
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I will always remember her from The Electric Company on PBS!
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The time has come to sign off for 25 hours. Crazy week. Shabbos has arrived just in time.

Be good to each other.

Good Shabbos, everyone. 
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Happy Birthday, +Meirav M.!

It's after midnight, time to let it all hang down!

A Happy Birthday wish to someone who has become a very important part of my digital life and that of many others. Her heart, her soul, and her very kishkes go into every post. Thank you for all that you are and do.

I'm so glad to have made your acquaintance, and I hope you have many, many more Happy, healthy birthdays, and all the days in between. 
Happy Birthday Meirav M.
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thank you thank you thank you!

trying so hard to stop laughing now. kishkes is such a funny word :D

thank you for the lovely wishes. I'm very grateful for your friendship, +Philip Setnik. it's fantastic the way it works, the very real and deep connection even though we've never met in meatspace.
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Why can't Phil shave?

Well, of course, I CAN shave, but I'm not really supposed to.

Why is Phil's facial fuzz so flamboyant?  Not for some cheap alliterative ploy, I assure you.

No, gentle readers, Judaism for G+ News Brief is about Sefiras HaOmer!

Usual disclaimers apply.  The information here is presented by a layman and for educational purposes only.  No proselytization is implied, and none should be inferred.  I share these tidbits and bon mots strictly to dispel ignorance and bring forth a subject I am very fond of.

What, you may ask, is Sefiras HaOmer ?  It translates to "Counting the Omer" and refers to the practice that we Jews go through during the period between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuos (The Feast of Weeks).  The latter holiday is 50 days after Pesach, and tradition tells us it was on this day we were given the Torah at Mount Sinai.

In the Torah, right after the part about Pesach, we are told to bring the korben omer - the special sacrifice of barley, signifying the beginning of the harvest season.  We are also then commanded to count seven weeks (a week of weeks - thus, Shavuos, Hebrew for "Weeks").  We celebrate Shavuos for two days (outside of Israel - a distinction for another time).

As I said, it is during this time in the desert, having just left 210 years of slavery in Egypt, that the Jews climbed out of the levels of impurity they had fallen into.  They worked on a different midah - character trait - every day of that seven weeks.  They needed to fortify themselves spiritually to be ready to receive the Torah.

It is this that we commemorate with Sefiras HaOmer.  Each day, there is a different character trait we are supposed to be thinking about, reading and learning about, and generally working on.  But that isn't why we don't shave.

While this time period has traditionally been one of spiritual growth, there was a period when it was also a time of great tragedy.

Rabbi Akiva, one of the greatest Sages of the Talmud, had accumulated 24,000 students.  During this period of Sefiras HaOmer, some 2000 years ago, a plague struck down all of his students.  All 24,000 died - until the 33rd day of the Omer.  On that day, the plague lifted.  In memory of the 24,000 students who died at this time of year, we practice a level of mourning.

We are forbidden, for example, from having weddings or listening to music during the first 33 days.  We also are not supposed to shave or take haircuts.  That's why I'm not shaving.

Now, there are leniencies - if one needs to shave for one's job, for example, one is permitted to shave.  That's pretty common these days.  I have the privilege, for the first time in my career and being observant, to work for a company that doesn't care about my facial foliage.  So I'm going to try and go the whole 33 days without shaving.

That'll be interesting - this is only the twelfth day.

I'll share more pictures later on.

May we all experience growth and improvement in ourselves, on a continual basis!
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Shalom Bombay (which I think still exists in Manhattan and used to exist in Teaneck) was among my favorite restaurants.  Moti's Grill, here in Rockville, has Indian buffet on Tuesday night.  That was pretty good, but not like Shalom Bombay (and at half the price, why should I expect it to be as good?).
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Actual accumulation. Unbelievable. 
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That is how I imagined manna looked when I was first told about it. 
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And unto you I say this, though it be blasphemy:

What is the point of the new droid BB-8?  Just to look cool?

Yes, it has that big camera to look at and spy on stuff.  But its body isn't exactly well suited to stealth missions, and it certainly draws a lot of attention.  Can it do stairs (going up), or is this more like a real Dalek, easily defeated by a flight of stairs?

What is it for?  Is this a Jar Jar for new millennium?  Something cool "for the kids?"
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J.J. Lens Flare is directing. So...probably. Just something to look "cool".
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Still not shaving, as mentioned earlier - today is the Sixteenth Day of the Omer.

You can't see it, but the fuzz extends just to the bottom of my orbits. Shaving is not for another 17 days. I'm hoping my eyes don't get overgrown. 
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+William Felsen. I've always wondered about that. Thx. 
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In my post about Sefirah the other day (qv: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PhilipSetnik/posts/Yrbtd2zy7zJ), I mentioned briefly that we are not supposed to listen to music during this time.

However, I saw that these guys are coming to Cain Park in Cleveland, and in the interest of RESEARCH, darn it, I listened to part of this.

And I said to myself, "What the actual WHOA am I listening to??  Oh, my, that's good."  And similar expressions of approval.

I would recommend some similar, ahem, research for my fellow Jews, and my Gentile friends can just have at it!  Enjoy!
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The concert starts at 7 pm, a good hour before candle lighting... hmmmm... this could work......  
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This is slightly gross.

This morning before leaving for work, I put about a cup of plain yogurt in a container.  Thinking "what the heck," I added a teaspoon or so of bee pollen (my son had received it as a gift from our local bee keeper).

I didn't mix it in.

Fast forward about three hours.  I opened the container.  Somehow, there was now baby poop in my yogurt.

Mixing it in to the yogurt and adding honey only made the overall color of the mixture even more vile, transcending into a pale, bilious ooze.

But I added a banana and Kashi cereal and ate it anyways.  Because I was hungry.
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+Ruth Wood I think you are correct.  a glutton for punishment.  but no longer hungry
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I'm a technology professional with a mind on the needs of the business.  I believe that computer systems should work like utilities:  you turn on a switch, and a light comes on - you turn on your computer, and you are productive!

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.

I believe that IT management, like the best consulting, requires a relationship - to know what the client needs, you first have to know the client and his or her business.
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