OYRH #1: April 2nd, My Home’s First Synagogue


OYRH 1The second of April didn’t have any religious holidays for me to officially kick off the project with, but I was able to get into the spirit via a Jewish observation. Something I had been unaware of is that the Jewish calendar is astrologically built and doesn’t follow the Gregorian way of keeping dates at all. So, the Hebrew date is the 23rd of Adar Beit (pronounced “bet”). The second word is like “II”, only applicable during a leap year. Of course citizens will use appropriate calendars for commerce, but the observations and holidays march to the beat of their own drum. “Halleluhu Betoff Umachol1

Not being able to make it to Synagogue, I decided to execute Shabbat Mevarekhim, the sabbath of blessings. This involves the reading of Pashat Shemini which is Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47 and 2 Samuel 6:1 – 7:17. These are some classics from The Torah instructing those followers of Moses what not to consume, as well as outlining what food to not eat after they have, you know, fallen on dead cascaras and into pools of murky water and so forth. Likely necessary lessons for the youth of 5000 years ago, which saved thousands of lives, if not millions upon millions I am sure. Then uses Samuel to validate the congregation’s belief that they are God’s chosen family via the tale of King David and Nathan the profit. Great read and ritual for Saturday morning.

This is the last Shabbat before the 1st of Nissan. Nothing super special, but I took the time to practice recording a little video, my reading and commentary about the verses, some of which were quite gory and freaky. Bull entrails and eating burnt offerings, followed by prophets and kings, all was true gloss.

Not the most thrilling report, but between the doing, the video footage, and the vast amounts of research I did get done, I would have to say that day two of a One Year Religious Holiday met all expectations. Plus, I can claim that I worked hard and learned much.

That’s worth a squirt, no?

1Praise Him with a Drum and a Flute” (Psalm 150).


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