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This rabbi has blessed me, for my Todah volunteer work at Kallah and is a guest speaker for my current rabbinic ordination studies class.

There's a PDF link in this for the Haggadah.
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Shalom aleichum, salaam aleikum. 🔯😭💔🌐

From the Universalist Sufi Order, if you want a prayer for our Muslim cousins, expressed in terms we can all recognize at least:

Prayer for Peace

Send Thy peace O Lord,
which is perfect and everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may think, act and speak harmoniously.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may be contented and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that amidst our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that we may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of Thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
that our lives may become a Divine vision and in Thy light, all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace O Lord,
our Father and Mother, that we Thy children on Earth may all unite in one family. Amen.
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This recipe is from Joan Nathan's Jewish Cooking in America cookbook. If you like the free taste, go buy one of her cookbooks, please? I have several, and I cook from each of them. These originated in Lithuania, and are connected to the mystical Chasidic tradition. Think the sweet spices associated with Havdalah!

Read more... )
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Not as sick. Tomorrow I want to transfer my notes about one of my books for the Spring Introduction to Jewish Mysticism and Rabbi Zalman's Thought to here for others to learn as well.
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What I really want is a bunch of questions for me to answer to make a summary post about the past year.

My version of Ask Me Anything!


While waiting (hoping!) for more questions, I'm making chocolate mousse! From scratch, my mother's usual recipe. :-)

First question, courtesy of siliconshaman, Best bits and worst: Read more... )

Favorite new food, question by DD: Read more... )

Readera asks about any new habits in 2018: Read more... )

An Anonymous poster asks what kind of fish would I be, and would I be tasty? Read more... )

saint_felony asks: how would I feel about surprise stickers on my car? Read more... )
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Here's something a little different. This is my changes to the second Jewish prayer of the morning.

Asher Yatsar, the bathroom prayer )
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DD is having their Magpie Monday here today, go prompt for an unexpected gift!

I posted this:

My heart problem is congenital and genetic, subaortic stenosis tends to run in families. I thought it being overcautious to need clearance from my cardiologist before getting pregnant, but followed my GYN/OB's request. I'm glad I did.

Can Dr. Elizabeth Finn surgically repair the next generation baby, when she had done the surgery on the mother as one of her first surgeries? I found it a comfort that my doctor spoke with his Japanese accented English, and accepted my profuse gratitude in Japanese after seeing my removed bits with only a smile.

"Arigato Gozaimashti, Toyado-sama!" I accidentally called him a minor deity, but I was profusely grateful for my life restored, after having over 4 cms of a fibrous membrane removed from attachment points at my aortic and mitral valves.

And got a wonderful story for a very unexpected gift!

And here was my story present:
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Ysabetwordsmith is having their regular fishbowl here:

I really want more about the mystical link for the horrors of Carl Bernhardt. Calling Dr. Strange, we have mystical healing needed for people!
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Dialectic dreamer is hosting the Feathering the Nest today! Leave a prompt, get a story! If you're a friend of mine, say that LibraryGeek sent you. I asked for and got a preparing for Hanukkah story. :-D
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Yes, Ysabetwordsmith is having a sale here

I want the final 2 poems involving Projective Altruism and trying to boost to get MORE of Cleaning Achnai's Oven posted for everyone.

Now I need to ask if the quarter price goes in effect again for spending over $100. :-D
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Today's Poetry Fishbowl, here:

My prompt:

Sigh. What do you do with relatives who just can't hear you? Make family who does, of course!

Cousins on my husband's side are generally good people, but really aren't hearing any concerns for my underage AAA Jewish teen, SlytherClaw Teen, under this administration.

Show ONE way of Underground Railroad, run, or FIGHT, for the horrible choices that might be ahead. Give me more on Leor in An Army of One, or Antimatter in Polychrome Heroics, or Adam and his playmates in Frankenstein's Family, or SOMEONE SEEMINGLY LOVED as long as they STOP saying that they are different. </3 My heart is breaking over my teen trying not to care. I have told them the stories of our relatives on the refugee ships who died being sent BACK to Germany, after being refused entry to the United States of America. I never mentioned our lesbian Jew cousin in the Nazi breeding houses, dying in childbirth. Nice people will still watch as we are taken away, as long as nobody has an abortion or takes away their guns. I'm watching the Wonder Woman movie tonight. Technoshaman has the voting in 2018 meme that I'm referencing with my icon today.
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I have a partial scene and character as response to this post:

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith, [personal profile] siliconshaman: you each and together to use which parts you want. It was easier to post this here for me than to go through email stuff. So I don't expect this to be canon for PolyChrome Heroics, merely more source material.

My character: presents as female, wears a Bukharan kippah, saroul pants - loose at the top, fitted below the knees down, tzittzit fringes visible at side waist, front and back, and boots. Other character information within scene!

And I go! Read more... ) More later, if no one forbids me!
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I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to write up my card 2, or post a response scenario to someone else's post. I will decide tomorrow!

Additional information for my Tarot meditation: much of my ideas about Tarot came initially from Piers Anthony's Tarot series. :-)
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I have been fascinated by the concept of a holy fool for a while. In the Pesach Seder, we have a part with four children: the wise one, the wicked or rebellious one, the simple child, and "the one who doesn't even know how to ask". Each child is supposedly given an answer to suit them, but the answers to the wise and simple are the ones that grabbed my attention.

Who is a Fool in Judaism? )
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In the introduction to Perek Shirah, the idea is expressed to use the natural world as something to learn from and as a living Torah. The Fox is given a very complex statement from Jeremiah as both prophets’ rebuke and a lament by the fox.

Yes, it's an essay )

I have a Power Point Presentation in PDF if you send me a message.
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What is Information Literacy?
Information literacy is finding valid answers to questions that are reliable, usable, and able to be both documented and replicated by others needing the same questions answered if necessary.

- How is your answer different now than it would have been during Week 1?
My answer is different now than in Week 1 because I really didn’t understand how others were performing supposedly the same Google searches but getting different answers. I didn’t know about filter bubbles preventing people from getting specific information without a directed search specifically aimed outside their bubbles.

- What will you do differently now that you have taken this course?
I will make sure more of my conservative family and friends get to see results from websites such as and see the TED talk about filter bubbles (previous post). I think the most important statement in that talk was programming in some ethical responsibility towards other people and viewpoints.
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This is WHY to maintain some links to people and websites outside of your personal convictions. Because now the Internet is leading people to think their world is as only as big as what they want to see, and not as interconnected as it really is.

This link is part of the last lecture of my Information Literacy online course of University of Maine at Augusta, a 100 level course in the major of Information and Library Science.
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Ysabetwordsmith is hosting the Poetry Fishbowl today.

My prompt was mostly sent back channel, but here's the bits for public consumption:

On being a minion, clergy, traveling, lawyers, terms of service, learning what you can do, when the whole world changes out from under you, and sailing ships actually. :-)
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Seriously, if you know someone on the autism spectrum, ASD, ADD, ADHD, or otherwise really doesn't fit into normal setting on the dryer, ;-) wink, please go prompt here, especially if you're new!

Dyspraxia counts, as does dyscalculia and dysgraphia. Synaesthesia does too, as does sensory seeking or avoiding, and sensory disorders.


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