First of all, and most obvious, today is Saint Patrick's Day. I don't do anything to observe this day, although once I went out for corned beef sandwiches because hearing ads on the radio for corned beef put me in the mood for some. But living and working in the Boston area reminds me of the significance of this day.
On the Jewish calendar, however, today is the Fast of Esther, which usually happens the day before Purim but gets moved to Thursday if that would mean fasting on shabbat. Since Purim falls on Sunday this year, I'm fasting today. (I hate fasting.)
And on a personal note, today is the 19th anniversary of the death of my grandmother, Clara Baker Cohen.
|Louis Cohen and Clara Baker Cohen, circa 1954
She was a violinist and a teacher, and a loving grandmother.
More about my grandmother and grandfather:
My Grandmother's Advice
Louis Cohen (July 1, 1905 - February 1, 1956)