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October 9th, 2011
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The Not Ready for Prime Time Dvar

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From:stirsmn
Date:October 9th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Yashir Koach! It's wonderful!

So many things to say:

First of all, tears ran down my cheeks for the whole second half. I expected something more academic and was caught off guard at the blending of the personal and the historical. Well done.

I didn't know how PSJC has an overflow service and welcomes all. I LOVE that. That's one of the things I love about our shul too - all are welcome every day. There are no tickets for BJ on high holidays and members and guests are all welcomed the same. I wish I'd known about it my first year in MN. I'd have had a much different high holiday experience and would have probably joined back then. Although maybe the drive would have put me off.

Lastly, I never thought about it, but you and I both owe our tallit wearing ways to PSJC. I don't know if I knew the story about you learning to wear one. And I don't know if you remember mine - you asked me to have an Aliyah at Doran's Bar Mitzvah and it was a requirement. I, too, had looked longingly at other women wearing tallit, but had been intimidated because I didn't know how. So I did what I always did then when I didn't know something Judaic - I went to Suzie (my boss at the time). And she said the same thing you heard, "well I'll teach you." AND she gave me an old tallit of hers that she no longer wore and made me feel that I was doing her a favor by letting her pass it on to someone who would appreciate it so.

And I love wearing a tallit. I have so many lovely heart-filling tallit moments that I was thinking yesterday that I should write a reflection on my tallit and some of the things that I think about when wrapped in it.



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From:mofic
Date:October 9th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I expected something more academic and was caught off guard at the blending of the personal and the historical.

How long have you known me :-)? I always blend the personal and the historical.

And thanks for sharing your talit story. I do remember telling you you'd have to wear one and also that Tina couldn't join you for the aliyah and said I'd understand if you didn't want to accept. But I didn't know the rest.

I love wearing a talit, too. My summer talit was a gift from Cecelia (because she heard me bitching so often about how hot my talit was in NYC summer and an un-air conditioned shul) so I always think of her when I wear it. I loved buying talitot for/with each of the kids as they approached bnai mitzvah. I would love to read your talit reflections.
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