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Wed, Feb. 15th, 2012, 12:33 pm
I'm curious....

A brief question: Does everyone understand, generally, how I organize these LiveJournal messages?

Not obvious?

Please, everyone reply, sharing the (undoubtedly valuable) perspective of your expectations.

Tue, Apr. 5th, 2011, 05:21 pm
Thinking of changing hosting services

I've been at 1and1 for several years, and am mostly happy with them (in addition to my own sites, I use them for my synagogue's site and for sites for some friends). But I want to get more into django, and 1and1 doesn't support django. So I'm looking into alternatives.

For my web server, I do NOT want a VPS; I don't need the headache of being responsible for security and backup. (I do use VPSlink for my email server, and I'm very pleased with them, but somehow a web server feels like it's more vulnerable. Am I wrong?) A little Googling turns up WebFaction.com as a likely choice; it's not that much more expensive than 1and1 and seems to say all the right things on their site. DreamHost.com also looks promising, although slightly more expensive (on an annualized basis; on the other hand, they offer free service to 501(c)(3)s, so the shul site would probably be free there).

Anyone have experiences with either of these or with any other hosting services that you'd like to share? Thanks!

Sun, Apr. 3rd, 2011, 08:27 pm
Seeking a source for a disprovable assertion about the Torah

I have often heard it said, but without a source, that "there are only two mitzvot for which the Torah specifies a reward: honor your parents and send away the mother bird before gathering her eggs." I'd like to track this back to an original source, if I can. Here's why:

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Thu, Mar. 17th, 2011, 08:56 pm
What's it called?

In "Honesty", Billy Joel has a brilliant moment where the final syllable of one verse is also the first syllable of the refrain. "'cause you're the one that I depend up{on/Hon}esty...."

Surely there's a technical name for that. Anyone?

Mon, Sep. 6th, 2010, 01:00 pm
Hurrah for the Internet

A few days back, I posted an "Ask Rav LJ" query about change to the liturgy that we make during the Days of Awe. hatam_soferet has posted a brief essay in her blog which provides an excellent answer.

Sat, Sep. 4th, 2010, 09:22 pm
Ask Rav LJ: The One who makes THE peace

This has bothered me for years: 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 do it in the third place where this sentence appears in our liturgy, towards the end of Birkat ha-Mazon. I wonder: why not?

I think that the earliest source for the first two cases is מטה אפרים סי' תקפ"ב סעי' כ"ב but I'm not 100% sure, and I don't have a copy of that source. Anyone out there have access to it and/or additional information?

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Sun, May. 16th, 2010, 10:59 am
Putting the Tikkun Leil Shavuot back into Tikkun Leil Shavuot

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Query: But I've never seen anyone do the original Tikkun Leil Shavuot. I've never even been able to find a copy of the Arizal's list of what texts comprise the evening's program. Searching with Google is getting me lots of programs run by this shul or that shul, but not the Arizal's. Hebrew Wikipedia has a list that's not quite complete. Anyone?

Fri, May. 14th, 2010, 10:52 am
MORE ___

OK, this earworm has been driving me nuts for weeks.

There's some bit of popular culture -- perhaps a Monty Python sketch; in my head I hear it with a British accent -- in which the punch line is "MORE ____". I'm not sure if that's a response to a rhetorical question or if it's the end of some sort of litany.

I know that's not a lot to go on, but I figure one of you will come up with the right answer. What the hell am I thinking of?

Sun, Dec. 20th, 2009, 05:05 pm
Asking Dr. LJ

What sources do you use to research whether a given retailer is socially responsible?

Fri, Aug. 21st, 2009, 02:09 pm
What's this?

So I've figured out what the mysterious symbol in this picture means, but I don't know what it's called or the derivation of the symbol. Any thoughts?

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Thu, Dec. 18th, 2008, 09:00 am
Ask LJ.... Geogralinguistics division

Are there any places within the United States whose name is properly spelled with an accent or diacritic? I need an example to demonstrate a point I'm trying to make, and so far my best example is Montréal; my argument would be stronger if the place in question was in the United States and not just North America. The more populous the place, the better.

Wed, Nov. 26th, 2008, 03:27 pm
I miss WEVD

chanaleh just posted about reminiscences of a formative Jewish-music experience. And I was commenting to introverte just the other night about one of my strongest formative Jewish-music experiences, which was listening to Art Raymond's show on WEVD radio for several hours each afternoon while doing homework after school. I mentioned this in passing a few months back while griping about a NYT puzzle :-), but I realize now that Raymond's show was perhaps the formative Jewish-music experience of my adolescence.

He played everything: klezmer, Yiddish theatre, chazzanut, Israeli pop, spoofs (oy, how I loved the Rechnitzer Rejects albums!) [Unlike, say, WERS, which has a Yiddish block followed by an Israeli block on Sunday mornings; or at least, they did 20 years ago.]

I miss this for my own enjoyment; I miss this for the broadening of my musical horizons; and most of all, I miss having this available for my kids.

So, LJ friends, do you know of any "internet radio stations" that play such an eclectic mix of "Jewish" music? Where are the Art Raymonds of today?

ETA: I've found YidLive which so far sounds promising. Not as broad as WEVD was, but not that insufferable electrochassidipop.

Mon, Nov. 3rd, 2008, 02:12 pm
Shopping for a netbook

I'm thinking of getting a "netbook" computer to take on vacations and to Hunt. My requirementsCollapse )

Right now, the HP Mini-Note and the Acer Aspire are the leading contenders based on web research. Anyone out there have experience with either of these, or anything else to consider?

Mon, Oct. 27th, 2008, 10:17 am
Ask Dr. LJ

Having gotten no criticism, constructive or otherwise :-), on my proposed email message, I'm ready to send it.... but for one detail. It uses handcrafted HTML, and I don't have a client installed that lets me send handcrafted HTML messages. (Normally, I avoid sending formatted email like the plague, but let's face it, this message is a kind of advertisement and I want it to look slicker than plain text.) Anyone out there have a suggestion?

Thanks!

Sun, Jan. 13th, 2008, 11:43 am
Cover design ideas?

To create the covers for my self-published siddur (prayer book), I've purchased a home silkscreening kit. So now I actually have to decide what the cover should look like. :-)

Help me brainstorm? The title is "סידור הידור תפילה" Siddur Hiddur Tefillah, which means "A prayer book for enhancing the beauty of prayer." Two of the main ideas behind the project are enhancing both the beauty of the printed page (through typographic styling) and of the music (by including transcribed incipits of the nusach (cantillation)).

So: What should be on the cover? I can do a simple typographic treatment of the title, but I'd like to have something as beautiful on the outside as on the inside. Perhaps I need a geometric border, or some appropriate clip art? (Maybe a kinor (small harp)?) Maybe I should brush up (so to speak) on my calligraphy skills?

Thanks for your ideas.

Tue, Sep. 18th, 2007, 10:42 pm
"Day School"

Do people outside the Jewish community refer to private non-boarding schools as "day schools"? It's a main entry in 11C, dating to 1831, but I've only ever heard it used in contradistinction to "Hebrew school" (which is a two- or three-day-a-week after-school program).