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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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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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:

Cut for length )
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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?
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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?
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A few days back, I posted an "Ask Rav LJ" query about change to the liturgy that we make during the Days of Awe. [livejournal.com profile] hatam_soferet has posted a brief essay in her blog which provides an excellent answer.
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A few days back, I posted an "Ask Rav LJ" query about change to the liturgy that we make during the Days of Awe. [livejournal.com profile] hatam_soferet has posted a brief essay in her blog which provides an excellent answer.
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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?

Additional information )
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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?

Additional information )
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Background: Cut for length. )

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?
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Background: Cut for length. )

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?

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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?

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May. 14th, 2010 10:52 am
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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?
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What sources do you use to research whether a given retailer is socially responsible?
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What sources do you use to research whether a given retailer is socially responsible?
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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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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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