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August 16, 2013 6:22 pm  #1

I'm so glad this week is over

I work in a synagogue, even though I'm not Jewish.  I only bring this up because Rosh Hashanah is in about two weeks, and it's the biggest deal in the Jewish calendar.  In the last month, pretty much anything that can go wrong has gone wrong.  Our gas went out, and in the process of fixing it, the repairmen hit a water main, so we had no water, and when it was fixed, our water bill was 3 times what it normally is for this time of year.  We didn't know at the time, but they also hit a sewage line, and we didn't find out until THE MIDDLE OF A WEDDING RECEPTION when sewage came up through the floor of our main kitchen! 

Then, last weekend, we had severe thunderstorms in the area, and lightning hit our transformer, frying 3 of our 4 phone lines (including the main one), our internet connection, 4 security cameras, and our huge walk-in freezer.

All of this with the holidays rapidly approaching...I just need to chill out this weekend...maybe play a few games... (I am totally not digging these smilies either)


August 16, 2013 10:25 pm  #2

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How awful!  If they made a movie of it,  it could be a rip-roaring slapstick hit!  Let's see,  who whould star?  The Marx Brothers?  Lucy Ricardo?
Mel Brooks?   What do you do at the Synogague?

Humor will glue your fragments into one whole.  ~Osho

August 17, 2013 8:48 am  #3

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It would have to be Lucy.

What a crap,(literally) couple of weeks for you.    I forget what Rosh Hashanha is all about.  Rememberance ? I'll have to look it up.  My husband is a Jew and we have a couple of his relatives coming on visas indefinitely (shudder) to live with us on the 26th.  They are nice people but I like my alone time and with no end date and my marriage going down the toilet, I cringe at the idea.

"There is no more perfect stillness than the solitude in the heart of a snowstorm." Diana Gabaldon

August 17, 2013 9:00 am  #4

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Oscar, I am so sorry to hear that your marriage is not going well.  I was under the impression that you lived with your Mom and you were separated from hubby? sorry if I made a mistake.  I think it is a little inconsiderate of relatives to come and visit indefinitely....don't they consider whether the people they are visiting would like that?  it's nice to see relatives once in a while, but I wouldn't like them coming to stay with me for an indefinite period of time.   I thought Jewish people always like to marry within their own religion because they have so many customs and traditions.  I have a friend who is a Jew, she lives in the Netherlands. Recently she went to Jerusalem to visit her brother who lives there.    

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1

August 17, 2013 11:55 am  #5

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His mother died when he was 17 and I think any traditions went out the window then.  His brother married a Catholic Italian.  No we are still living together separately so to speak.  We work together in a business we co own with someone.  It's a little stressful.  I just visit my parents every month.  I'm not moving out as I have two very large dogs that  I wouldn't leave behind for anything.

"There is no more perfect stillness than the solitude in the heart of a snowstorm." Diana Gabaldon

August 17, 2013 4:06 pm  #6

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Noelle I am so very sorry!  Yikes!  At least there is a bit of time to get things right before the High Holidays!  Someone is sure going to have some awful memories of their wedding reception.

barregar -- A lot of Jews don't marry Jews or aren't observant.  It's been said that more Jews arer lost to mixed marriages than were lost to the Holocaust. (said by Rabbis).

oscar -- so sorry about the marriage, business and the "indefinite visit" by the relatives.  My ex is Jewish; I'm not.  It was okay since we didn't want children.  If we had it would have been a nightmare since we live in the same city as both sets of parents.  We like each other but can't live together.  We even take the occasional vacation together! 


August 17, 2013 5:59 pm  #7

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Sandhan, thanks for the laugh, I really needed that.  How about all of the above!  LOL

Let's see...the office staff is basically me and 1 other girl.  She is the bookkeeper and the assistant to the rabbi and the executive director.  I'm pretty much everything else.  Secretary for the programming director, the board, the Sisterhood, the Men's Club, every social group, I update the website (badly, I might add), deal with all the donations and everything to do with yahrzeits, answer the phone, take people into the gift shop, on Sunday mornings I work in the Sunday just goes on and on.  One things for sure, it's never boring.  Every volunteer we've had in there leaves saying they have so much more respect for us, that they had no idea what we have to put up with.

Oscar, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur is the day of Atonement.  The one saving grace of all this craziness is that I get all the High Holidays off, so next month, I have 3 4-day weekends.  I'm sorry to hear about your marital problems.  I don't blame you for dreading the relatives coming for an open-ended best friend from high school (mumble mumble years ago) came to visit last week.  She was only here for 3 days, and I was ready to climb the walls.  I need my alone time every day.  Even when my son is here (he's at his grandparents this month) he has his space and I have mine.

Barregar, it depends on the level of observance.  The synagogue I work in is Conservative (which is kind of like "in the middle"), and we have a small number of interfaith couples.  Most of the time, if a member wants to marry someone outside the faith, the non-Jew converts.  Just as a side-note, a lot of our members are not very observant, just mostly on the holidays, and they tell me that I know more of the "Jewish" stuff than they do.  LOL

Lilyr, your ex sounds like mine (except he wasn't Jewish).  We should have never gotten married, we were much better as friends, and still are.  He even called me this morning to say that he loved me because I was the only sane woman in his life. LOL

Oh, and Lilyr, luckily, the wedding party never knew.  Our maintenance crew managed to get it handled without anyone of them finding out.

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August 19, 2013 7:17 pm  #8

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This has turned into a very strange thread.  Thanks for the chuckles!  We play one carnival spot with a lot of Jewish people.  The ones with the long lock of hair and the white vests and big black jackets, isn't that Hassidic?   It was really hot last year.  I have a small fridge in my game and had some Freeze Pops in it.  I took some out and shared with the other carnys close to me and the Jewish boys were all intrigued.  Apparently Freeze Pops aren't kosher and the kids were asking me all sorts of questions about how they tasted. 

No matter how much I complain, I'm grateful for all I have.

August 19, 2013 8:01 pm  #9

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Yes, Wendy, those are Hassidic Jews, also known as "black coats" and they're ultra-Orthodox.  There are a lot of them in my neighborhood, as this is where the only Orthodox synagogue is, and since the Orthodox won't drive on the Sabbath, they need to live nearby.  Our 7-11 even lists which slurpies are kosher on the side of the machine.

Ummm...yeah.  I didn't mean to start a Jewish customs thread! LOL

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