Friday, July 31, 2009

Beware of the wrong hat

Greetings.

Jewish date: 10 ’Av 5769.

Relevant to yesterday’s holiday:  “Temple Altar Construction Begins on Day of Destruction”.  I had no idea the Temple Institute had started work on the main altar for the next Temple, and I am curious as to how they plan to move it.

Today’s holidays:  Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Forefeast of the Holy Cross.

Today’s quasi-holiday:  Sysadmin Day.

Worthy causes of the day:  “Stop Walmart's War on Free Speech”, “Stop the race baiting:  Call on advertisers to drop sponsorship of Glenn Beck” and “Find a Lasting Solution to Medicare Doctor Payments: No More Cuts!”

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. More religious intolerance (by people who do not wish to give me a day off!): “Azerbaijani Police Detain Followers Of Unregistered Sect”, “Death threats against believers in Dong Hoi, as the police arrest a Catholic”, “Vandals deface synagogue, slash vehicle tires”, “Hanoi denies attacks on priests. The diocese of Vinh publishes photos”, “Attack on a Vietnam monastery”, “Cover heads, hide the mannequins; Hamas rulers launch campaign to make Gaza more Islamic”, “Gaza judge tells female lawyers to wear headscarf”, and “Turkey: Christian Murdered On Busy Street in Istanbul”.
  2. Governmental thoughtlessness on religion:  “Selective Service Is Sued by Quaker”, “Row over religious poster rules”.
  3. Introspection of one’s own religious community—the sort of exercise every religion should engage in, lest they fail to recognize their own mistakes and correct them:  “When Rabbis Fail their Communities”.
Today’s news and commentary:
Today’s weird thing is “Moshiach’s Hat (A Poem To Ponder)” by Anonymous ben Kolonymous. Enjoy, share the weirdness, and Shabbath shalom.

Aaron
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