October 2nd, 2006


Today is Yom Kippur, until sundown.

Gemar Chatimah tovah to you today!

I realize (from my usual webby research) that the majority of Jewish people, including rabbis, use the greeting "good yontif" (happy holiday) on Yom Kippur ~ but actually it's not really the thing to say on such a solemn occasion. ( YOM KIPPUR GREETING )

Yom Kippur is observed eight days after Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year). It is believed that on Rosh Hashana G-d inscribes all of our names in the "books", and on Yom Kippur the judgment entered in these books is sealed. ("Gemar Chatimah tovah" means "May you finally be sealed [in the Book of Life] for good") The days between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur are called the Days of Awe. Yom Kippur is, essentially, our last chance to demonstrate repentance and change God's judgment. On Yom Kippur, our fate for the coming year is sealed.

The day of the year ~
I know I explained this before, but for us goyim whose heads are hopelessly stuck in our own "superior" type of calendar (gregorian), the Jewish holidays fall on different gregorian dates each year ~ sometimes as much as a month apart from year to year.

This year, Yom Kippur is observed today, but ...
in 1934, Yom Kippur happened to fall on the day Brian Epstein was born: Wednesday, September 19.

Here is an excellent detailed description of Yom Kippur. Definitely not for the reading-impaired nor for those with an attention deficit!

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Now for some just a little less boring YK stuffs

An absorbing article, on Chicago Jewish Community Online, describing a lifetime view by the author of Yom Kippur vis á vis guilt ~ Remaking Yourself

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1964, October 2 - `A Cellarful Of Noise' is published in Britain.


Now, for those who have stuck through all the above (and you cowards who just scrolled down here, heh), I've uploaded a very, very rare recording of Al Jolson singing Kol Nidre, recorded in the 1920's.

If you don't know who Al Jolson "The Jazz Singer" was, it's about time you did, fer Pete's sake!!!

Get Fuzzy

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Comics today, just because I felt like it. The brain is out of it, and wants to sleep.
Didn't get much last night because I was thinking about the dentist appointment.
So, I had a lot of work done at the dentist's today, and I'm right knackered, wot.
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Speaking of braces, I really like that new show "Ugly Betty." It's strange that I ended up watching the whole hour premiere, because I just NEVER sit and watch a TV show, besides the very occasional "Family Guy," "American Dad" or "Robot Chicken." Sometimes other Adult Swim stuff when I can't sleep.

It's awful, but I meant to watch "The Monkees" last Friday night, but we (Stephy and two of her pals and I) went out on the town instead. (Curse me for being able to drive!)

I'm rambling now. Perhaps I should retire for the night. After all, we stayed up all night over the weekend. Stephy's friend Taye had never gone midnight grocery shopping before. Her family all keep regular hours, and would never allow such a thing. Am I a bad influence on teenagers or what?

You say Firefox is alll that?

Hee hee... all you smug Firefox snobs...
I've just been waiting for this to happen.
It's only the beginning, y'know...


Critical Firefox flaw exposed
Wolfgang Gruener
October 2, 2006 13:05

Chicago (IL) - According to media reports, a pair of hackers said on Saturday that the Firefox Web browser, commonly perceived as the safer and more customizable alternative to market leader Internet Explorer, is critically flawed. A presentation on the flaw was shown during the ToorCon hacker conference in San Diego. Collapse )