Rosh Chodesh Elul 2017

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Tonight begins a new moon.  In my religion, that means it is a new month (called Rosh Chodesh), and this one is Elul.  This new moon crosses two days..   The first day, (the one starting tonight) is the 20th anniversary of the death of my mom.  This anniversary is called a Yahrzeit.  The second day of the new moon of Elul is anniversary of my daughter’s bat mitzva- and tomorrow happens to be her secular birthday, to boot.  

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Overreach?

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For those Americans who have come upon hard times, the choice to end their problems is almost always bankruptcy. Individuals who earn about the median for their area and can’t repay their debts can file Chapter 7. Assuming there is no lying or subterfuge in the application, one’s debts can be adjudicated and the taxpayer gets a clean slate. (Clean in that they owe no money- but they no longer have access to credit cards [for a few years, at least] and their credit history will reflect the bankruptcy.) Of course, one’s assets (over a certain value) are used to satisfy [that’s a legal term, you can bet the credits are NOT satisfied not receiving all that they owe) the creditors’ demands.

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It continues!

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Given the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, I decided to break into my queue.

After all, I lived there for 13 years. And, one of my finest accomplishments there (other than the birth of my two daughters and a slew of great products) was bringing life to the 150 year old synagogue there. Jeff Poelvoorde and I spent months convincing folks to come to a traditional Saturday morning service. And, with time, a wonderful Jewish community- shared lives, families, food- developed. And, continues there still some 3 decades later.

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Open Season?

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I know, I know.  You’ve had it up to here about health care reform.  But, this is important.

We know that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare.  We also know that TheDonald will do everything in his power to make it fail- and try to blame that on Obama.  Except any failure will be his fault. But, that’s not the point of this post.  (I will be posting another discussion on this topic in 3 months, when Open Enrollment starts in.)

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