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Mom's Yahrzeit This Shabbat: Talk on Superman

This shabbat will be the day of Mom's yahrzeit. She died on January 25, 2007, which fell on 6 Shvat on the Hebrew calendar, and 6 Shvat this year falls on January 31.

In honor of my mom's yahrzeit, Nomi and I are sponsoring kiddush at our shul, Kadimah-Toras Moshe, on shabbas morning. That afternoon, I'm the speaker at shalosh seudos (the third meal), and for my topic I've decided to speak on "Superman and Moses." Mincha begins at 4:30 pm for anyone in the area who wants to hear my talk. However, for those who can't be there, I'll be basing much (but not all) of what I have to say on the book Up, Up, and Oy Vey!: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero by Rabbi Simcha Weinstein (and yes, I'll be giving him credit for it).

And yes, I know people still want me to write up my comments on "Spider-Man and Repentance." I will when I can.


Your mother shares a yahrtzeit with my maternal grandmother. I was not quite 2 when she died, and don't remember her at all, but I'm told that I was very attached to her, and for months afterward wouldn't let anyone sit in her chair, or wear her coat, or use anything of hers. Since their souls are both due for an upgrade on the same day, perhaps they'll meet in whichever Heavenly office those are handed out...

6 Shevat is also my oldest nephew's birthday. He'll be 14 this Shabbat.

Good luck with the talk.

December 2016

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