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I started reading the Diary of Anne Frank this morning.
It’s so sad to realize that the girl who wrote this never made it past sixteen, and died in such a horrible manner, just because she was Jewish.
Every once and a while, some phrase or other makes that especially poignant.
I’ve never read the diary in full, but plan to finish it over Shabbat.
I read somewhere that she was made an honorary citizen this week.
I imagine that rings especially hollow for her surviving relatives, because if she had been allowed to enter the United States while she was alive, she never would have died in a concentration camp.

  

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Megillah, Chapter Two, Mishnah Five

Introduction

One can fulfill one’s obligation of hearing the Megillah at any time during the day. Our mishnah gives a very long list of numerous other rituals that one
can perform at any time duing the day.

Since this list is very long, I will not explain each item in detail, but rather mostly make reference to the relevant biblical verse(s) which deal with
the issue. I will not even comment on issues that seem abundantly clear.

Mishnah Five

The whole day is a valid time for

1) reading the Megillah;

2) reciting Hallel;

3) for the blowing of the shofar;

4) for taking up the lulav;

5) for the Musaf prayer;

6) for Musaf sacrifices;

7) for confession over the oxen;

8) for the confession over the tithe;

9) for the confession of sins on Yom HaKippurim;

10) for laying on of hands;

11) for slaughtering [the sacrifices];

12) for waving [them];

13) for bringing near [the vessel with the minhah-offering to the altar];

14) for taking a handful;

15) for placing it on the fire;

16) for pinching off [the head of a bird-offering];

17) for receiving the blood [in a vessel];

18) for sprinkling [the blood on the altar];

19) for making the sotah drink [the bitter waters];

20) for breaking the neck of the heifer;

21) and for purifying the metzora.

Explanation

Sections 6-7: On Shabbat, holidays and Rosh Hodesh there are musaf sacrifices and musaf prayers. The sacrifices can be offered at any time during the day
and the prayers may be recited throughout the whole day.

Section 8: For confession over the ox—One who brings an ox as a sacrifice also confesses to the sin for which the ox is brought (Leviticus 4:3,14).

Section 9: For the confession over the tithe—On the fourth and seventh years of the sabbatical cycle one makes a confession that he has “removed all of
the holy produce from his home” (Deuteronomy 26:13).

Section 10: For the confession of sins on Yom HaKippurim—The high priest recites a confession over the sacrifices (Leviticus 16:21; see also Yoma 3:8,
4:2, 6:2).

Section 11: For laying on of hands—one lays one’s hands on an animal sacrifice before it is slaughtered (Leviticus 1:4).

Section 13: For waving [them]—one waves the innards and the breast of wellbeing offerings (Leviticus 7:30).

Section 14-16: these are all elements of the minhah offering.

Section 17: For pinching off [the head of a bird-offering]—Leviticus 1:15, 5:8.

Section 18: For receiving the blood [in a vessel]—in order to sprinkle it on the altar.

Section 20: For breaking the neck of the heifer—if a dead body is found in a field and the identity of the murderer is unknown (Deuteronomy 21:1)

Section 21: And for purifying the metzora—Leviticus 14.

  

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I just spent the longest time talking to my friend Gina, who I haven’t
talked to on the phone for at least a year, and that was the first time I
had talked to her in ages.
The first time I’m referring to was last year.
We got our contact information straightened out, and it turns out that I had
two very wrong email addresses for her.
I’m also trying to get back in touch with my friend Susan, who I haven’t
talked to in years.
I hope I’m successful, because I’d really like to be in touch with all my
old friends, the ones I grew up with and who have remained friends over the
years.
Tomorrow’s the last day for this week regarding work, and I’m glad for that.
I still haven’t heard about the job I’m applying for, but I’ll give that
some more time.
As far as what’s going to happen with my status at the company I’m working
for now, I have no idea.
Tomorrow is the last day of the project I’m currently working on, and when I
left work yesterday, no one had any idea what was going on.
Oh well, I guess I’ll find out soon enough.
Everyone have a good night.

  

I just spent the longest time talking to my friend Gina, who I haven’t
talked to on the phone for at least a year, and that was the first time I
had talked to her in ages.
The first time I’m referring to was last year.
We got our contact information straightened out, and it turns out that I had
two very wrong email addresses for her.
I’m also trying to get back in touch with my friend Susan, who I haven’t
talked to in years.
I hope I’m successful, because I’d really like to be in touch with all my
old friends, the ones I grew up with and who have remained friends over the
years.
Tomorrow’s the last day for this week regarding work, and I’m glad for that.
I still haven’t heard about the job I’m applying for, but I’ll give that
some more time.
As far as what’s going to happen with my status at the company I’m working
for now, I have no idea.
Tomorrow is the last day of the project I’m currently working on, and when I
left work yesterday, no one had any idea what was going on.
Oh well, I guess I’ll find out soon enough.
Everyone have a good night.

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I managed to sleep in majorly today, and thus I am not at work. I was
supposed to be at work at 07:00, and didn’t manage to wake up for the first,
groggy time at 06:24. Naturally, I called my ride and told him I overslept
and would be to work later. I laid back down on the bed for a second,
thinking I would wake back up in time to be to work by 09:00 and work until
18:00, but I fell asleep again and didn’t wake up until 10:45, and if I had
gotten to work at any time after 11:00, it would have counted as an absence.
Fortunately I have some paid time off, and put some of that in for today.
The occurrence still stands, (I think they keep changing the rule on that
one, because I know I’m not absent-minded enough to keep forgetting the
policy), but at least I’ll get paid. All around though this was unexpected.
I suppose that’s what happens when you can’t sleep the night before.