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I've been reading "One for the Morning Glory" with Tani at bedtimes. I'll put in a cut because technically this is a spoiler )
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I've been reading "One for the Morning Glory" with Tani at bedtimes. I'll put in a cut because technically this is a spoiler )
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Alissa's present last night, from H's parents, was a "Glow-in-the-Dark Guide to Stars and Constellations".

This morning, she announced that the book was a paradox. "If it's dark, then it's glowing; but then it's not dark anymore, so it has to stop glowing; and then it will be dark, so it should start glowing...."
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Alissa's present last night, from H's parents, was a "Glow-in-the-Dark Guide to Stars and Constellations".

This morning, she announced that the book was a paradox. "If it's dark, then it's glowing; but then it's not dark anymore, so it has to stop glowing; and then it will be dark, so it should start glowing...."
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Last night over Shabbat dinner, Tani asked if we could have a "Shabbat games night" after dinner. The four of us played Uno and Blokus, and then Tani and I played chess. While he didn't win any of the games, he stayed cheerful throughout. (This is great progress; until recently, he hated playing games.) He also wanted to play Dominion but it had gotten too late. I think game nights will become a regular feature of our autumn and winter Shabbat evenings.
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Last night over Shabbat dinner, Tani asked if we could have a "Shabbat games night" after dinner. The four of us played Uno and Blokus, and then Tani and I played chess. While he didn't win any of the games, he stayed cheerful throughout. (This is great progress; until recently, he hated playing games.) He also wanted to play Dominion but it had gotten too late. I think game nights will become a regular feature of our autumn and winter Shabbat evenings.
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• Noting that, because the A/C in the new Shaarei Tefillah building has caused many of the women to start wearing shawls: "We should call it Shawl-ay Tefillah!"

• In the car the other day, when I had digressed for too long on side subjects, she shouted "Goofy!" I queried, "Goofy?" --- had something I'd said reminded her of the Disney dog, or was she commenting on something silly I'd inadvertently said? She persisted: "Goofy! You know, in the Talmud, when they've gotten off the subject and someone says 'Go back to the main subject!' Goofy!" (The word she wanted was "Goofah".)
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• Noting that, because the A/C in the new Shaarei Tefillah building has caused many of the women to start wearing shawls: "We should call it Shawl-ay Tefillah!"

• In the car the other day, when I had digressed for too long on side subjects, she shouted "Goofy!" I queried, "Goofy?" --- had something I'd said reminded her of the Disney dog, or was she commenting on something silly I'd inadvertently said? She persisted: "Goofy! You know, in the Talmud, when they've gotten off the subject and someone says 'Go back to the main subject!' Goofy!" (The word she wanted was "Goofah".)
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"I'm tired of being the youngest in the family. If we could get [cousin A] to ride on a spaceship near the speed of light for a while, then she would be the youngest."

- Alissa, age 7.001
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"I'm tired of being the youngest in the family. If we could get [cousin A] to ride on a spaceship near the speed of light for a while, then she would be the youngest."

- Alissa, age 7.001
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Tani did the four children in Hebrew, as we had practiced, and then blew us away by singing EVERY WORD OF DAYENU, IN HEBREW, AND THEN TRANSLATING. He also asked an excellent question, which I will post separately once I'm done finding the answer.

Alissa did the four questions in Hebrew, and blew us away by SINGING EVERY WORD OF HA LACHMA ANYA AND MOST OF VEHI SHE-AM'DAH. Not to mention her interpretive dance of the four children.

Both kids stayed up to the end of the seder both nights (midnight and 11pm), with boisterous singing and laughing through the songs of nirtzah, especially Chad Gadya.

As you may know, the Hallel on seder night is not a Hallel of recitation but Hallel of "Shira", of the song one spontaneously sings when one is AT THAT MOMENT experiencing a miracle. Seeing our children claim their 3,500-year-old inheritance and put their shoulders to the mantle of being Jewish, Heather and I could not help but sing b'kol ram (with full voice): Moshivi akeret habayit, eim habanim: s'meicha. Halleluyah!
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Tani did the four children in Hebrew, as we had practiced, and then blew us away by singing EVERY WORD OF DAYENU, IN HEBREW, AND THEN TRANSLATING. He also asked an excellent question, which I will post separately once I'm done finding the answer.

Alissa did the four questions in Hebrew, and blew us away by SINGING EVERY WORD OF HA LACHMA ANYA AND MOST OF VEHI SHE-AM'DAH. Not to mention her interpretive dance of the four children.

Both kids stayed up to the end of the seder both nights (midnight and 11pm), with boisterous singing and laughing through the songs of nirtzah, especially Chad Gadya.

As you may know, the Hallel on seder night is not a Hallel of recitation but Hallel of "Shira", of the song one spontaneously sings when one is AT THAT MOMENT experiencing a miracle. Seeing our children claim their 3,500-year-old inheritance and put their shoulders to the mantle of being Jewish, Heather and I could not help but sing b'kol ram (with full voice): Moshivi akeret habayit, eim habanim: s'meicha. Halleluyah!
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"You're attempting to be funny, aren't you?" -- Tani

(Followed up by "I didn't say your attempt wasn't succeeding....")
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"You're attempting to be funny, aren't you?" -- Tani

(Followed up by "I didn't say your attempt wasn't succeeding....")
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In the morning, I worked with the kids on their science-themed Chanukah presents, which have been sitting partially-done for a while. Tani and I finished building his FM radio kit; and Alissa and I went down to the basement and whomped on geodes in an old sock.

After lunch, we walked over to the library for a flute consort concert, which we all enjoyed. Then, of course, we were at the library, so we stayed for a while and got some books.

In other day news, I've gotten KabShab V into six voices; updated the PDF on the website. And I took a first stab at expanding KabShab VIII (Lecha Dodi) from 4 staves to 6; it was already sort of six voices. More editing is needed before I am ready to post that, but it's in pretty good shape. Huzzah! [ETA 11pm: Did the add'l editing on VIII and got the lyrics properly assigned for X. Website updated with new PDFs/MP3]

And tonight is the first of Adar, a happy happy time. Yippee!
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In the morning, I worked with the kids on their science-themed Chanukah presents, which have been sitting partially-done for a while. Tani and I finished building his FM radio kit; and Alissa and I went down to the basement and whomped on geodes in an old sock.

After lunch, we walked over to the library for a flute consort concert, which we all enjoyed. Then, of course, we were at the library, so we stayed for a while and got some books.

In other day news, I've gotten KabShab V into six voices; updated the PDF on the website. And I took a first stab at expanding KabShab VIII (Lecha Dodi) from 4 staves to 6; it was already sort of six voices. More editing is needed before I am ready to post that, but it's in pretty good shape. Huzzah! [ETA 11pm: Did the add'l editing on VIII and got the lyrics properly assigned for X. Website updated with new PDFs/MP3]

And tonight is the first of Adar, a happy happy time. Yippee!

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