Category Archives: November 2011

Todah Robah for Your Hospitality!

Toda Raba to the following people for hosting Student Rabbi Rebecca Reice this weekend!

  • Friday, November 4: Airport pickup & lunch: Laura Weiss
  • Friday evening, November 4, dinner: Wendy & Aaron Weissman
  • Oneg to follow: Nadyne and Jerry Weissman
  • Saturday lunch, November 5::  Nadyne and Jerry Weissman


From Nadyne:  Jerry & I made a recipe very similar to this one (minus the prunes) this weekend.  It was delicious.

From Joy: Here’s where I find some of my best recipes.

xmas at the Mercy Home

By Wendy Weissman

It hasn’t even started snowing yet, but it is time to think about xmas at the Mercy Home. Once again this year, we will be taking shifts at the local Domestic Violence Shelter for Women (Mercy Home) so that the dedicated 24-7 staff at the Mercy Home can spend xmas with their families.

Here are shifts we need to fill:

Saturday 12/24 2-5 PM
Saturday 12/24 5-8 PM
Saturday 12/24 8-11 PM

Sunday 12/25: 8-11 AM
Sunday 12/25: 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday 12/25: 2-5 PM

Because Chanukkah falls during Christmas this year, the annual Chanukkah party that is traditionally held on the Saturday of Chanukkah has been moved to Friday, 12/23, so that we can continue to perform this mitzvah and the volunteer does not have to miss the party.

Men are welcome with an accompanying female (to comply with the Mercy Home rules). For those of you who have never done this before, it is a great mitzvah to help out with the Mercy Home and the women who reside at the shelter. Duties include answering the phone (a script is provided, and an on-call staff member is available if you need help), monitoring the alarms, and signing residents in and out. Residents often stay with friends or family members during the holiday, so there typically have been only 1 or 2 residents on the premises. There have been many xmas’s with no residents, so make sure to bring a book to read or a movie to watch.

If you are able to help, or have any questions, please contact me (Wendy Weissman) at 727-4098 or The location of the shelter is confidential, so once I have the volunteer list, I will tell you where you need to be.


Torah inside of the former Glockengasse synago...

  • Friday evening, November 4: Shabbat Lech Lecha services at 7:30 P.M., led by student rabbi Rebecca Reice, at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW. Oneg to follow.
  • Saturday morning, 10:00 A.M.: Torah study with Student Rabbi Rebecca Reice at The Bethel.
  • Saturday evening, 5:30 P.M.: Milchig (dairy) Potluck and Adult discussion with Student Rabbi Rebecca Reice at The Bethel. Please bring a dish to share.


In the BeginningIn ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of
Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg.  Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?”

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”

And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”

Abraham thought long and hard, and decided he would let his wife Dot have her way about the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success throughout the land.  Abraham sold all the goods he had at top price, without ever having to move from his tent. To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say to her husband Abraham, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.”

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel or, as it came to be known, Ebay.
He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.”
And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.”
“YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious EnergeticEducated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began.
And that’s the truth.