On a more upbeat note, there has been quite a buzz over the latest Susie Fishbein Kosher by Design Teens & 20-Somethings: cooking for the next generation.
And just a reminder that next week is Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the perfect time for Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh:
Rosh Chodesh Kislev Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Sunday, November 7 · 9:30am - 10:30am
There will also be a Dvar Torah
ראש חודש כסלו תל שילה
יום א' ל' חשון 7-11 9:30 יהיה דבר תורה, בע"ה נא לפסם ולהזמין נשים
Please spread the word and invite others Tel Shiloh is open for tours and visitors. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ehud Barak IDF loves gadgets and technology. They're now going to use some "smart cameras" to discover suspicious movement. That makes me nervous. I can just imagine someone with a neurological problem being arrested for "unusual activity" as he stands or paces in an "illogical" way.
Actually, I could find myself detained by soldiers relying on those computer-generated "guards." So many times I arrive "too early" and then stand around suspiciously, constantly checking my watch, hoping time will move more quickly. Another suspicious-looking thing I do is quasi-public praying. There are lots of "Mincha factories*" in Jerusalem, but I'd be persona non grata. Most human IDF guards would recognize that I'm dovening (praying,) but would this Sixth Sense technology understand?
*Synagogues where men can find a minyan to pray the afternoon prayer from its earliest to latest permitted time. Those places don't have women's sections. It's not accepted for women to just enter those shuls. So women who have taken it on to pray Mincha, like myself, are always looking for a quiet, discreet spot.