Thursday, June 1, 2006

5 Siwan 5766 * 1 June 2006: Day 49 of the `Omer/Doughnut Day/Start of Hurricane Season

Greetings.

Starting tonight is Shavu‘oth, AKA Pentecost, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinay in front of the entire Jewish people. The Temple Institute has a nice presentation on the rituals associated with Shavu‘oth. (It is a lot more colorful ritually when a Temple is standing.) Today, one of the more popular rituals on Shavu‘oth is to eat dairy products. For years I have argued that since pizza is the most noble and delicious embodiment of dairy products, it ought to be eaten on Shavu‘oth, a time when we are commanded to enjoy ourselves; to my delight, I have learned that some people may actually be listening this year.

Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is The book of the weird experiments. (See the excerpts.) Enjoy, and hagh sameah.

Aaron
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