Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sights from the Supermarket

ETA: Lethargic_man points out that he too lives in a Jewish neighbourhood, in London, and none of this applies in his neighbourhood. I did not mean to imply that all Jews drink death-defying amounts of carbonated water on festivals, nor that all Jews are so environmentally oblivious that they use plastic for every meal – […]

Little Letters in Eicha, part 2

Little Letters in Eicha, part 1 3:36 לעות אדם בריבו אדני לא ראה To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD approveth not. Tzvi Ron in Sefer Katan u-Gadol again (trans. G. Wasserman): “The small ‘ayin in the word לעות (verse 3:36) is explained as a reference to the numerical value of the letter, […]

Little Letters in Eicha, part 1

I’ve not posted much on the Big and Little Letters in Torah, have I? And now I’m posting on the Little Letters in Eicha – well, I’m between Torahs at the moment, and indulging in a spate of megillot, Eicha amongst them, which has something to do with it. 1:12 (Sofer Boyfriend wrote this one.) […]

Eicha pictures

Tisha b’Av seems a long time ago, now that Yom Kippur is on us, but I am finally posting those pictures of Megillat Eicha I promised you all those weeks ago. First – Eicha scroll, bodaciously swathed in black. Next – reading from the scroll, mostly backlit by candlelight. The candles were very atmospheric, but […]

Craft project – candle jars

It’s the time of year again when we use a LOT of yahrzeit candles. What to do with the pots afterwards? This is a post about how to jazz up yahrzeit candle jars using glass paints, wrapping paper, and ingenuity. Save up your yahrzeit candles. After yom tov, boil a kettle of water, and pour […]


While I’m waiting for the kettle to boil, a quick post about how much I love pens. Really. When the Soferet is miserable or grouchy, a trip to the art store is almost always a good plan. Pens are little tubes of potential, and they don’t cost much, so they’re good happy-making things. Then you […]

The Maker of THE peace – oseh ha-shalom; a liturgical post for the Ten Days

A Livejournal friend mused: During the Ten Days of Repentance, we change the wording “Oseh shalom bimromav” (The One who creates peace on high) to “Oseh HA-shalom bimromav” (The One who creates THE peace on high) in two places — at the end of Amidah and at the end of Kaddish. But apparently we don’t […]