Shabbat – O – Gram
June 24, 2005 and Sivan 17, 5765
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THIS WEEK I CORRESPONDED WITH
Dear Rabbi Hammerman,
The statements of your 7th graders at their graduation were truly amazing -- please convey to them our love and admiration. We are very moved by your words, and we find great solace in knowing that the spirit of Danny inspires thousands of young Jewish youngsters to echo his words, with pride and determination: I am Jewish.
JUST THE FACTS
400 people shared the bittersweet joy of last week’s “Shabbat Unplugged” and farewell to Cantor Jacobson. She has now left the community and next week we will be joined by Cantor Rachael Littman, our new hazzan. This week we are in limbo, “between cantors” as it were. But the memories of last week continue to stir us. Many thanks to our sponsors, musicians and all who made it possible, and in particular to Cantors Jacobson and Littman. The image of them standing side by side on the bima, singing in harmony, with the microphone literally being passed like a torch from one to the other, is one that we will not soon forget. “Shabbat Unplugged” will remain an integral part of our spiritual offerings, and in fact we hope to increase the frequency of such innovative musical experiences. The text of my l’hitraot to Cantor Jacobson (given on behalf of all of us) is excerpted below in the “rabid rabbi” section.
Candle lighting for Stamford, CT: Candle lighting: 8:14 pm on Friday, 24 June 2005. For candle lighting times, other Jewish calendar information, and to download a Jewish calendar to your PDA, click on http://www.hebcal.com/.
Kabbalat Shabbat: 6:30 PM – OUTDOORS (weather permitting) (and it looks good!)
Tot Shabbat : 6:45 PM – In the chapel. On June 24, Tot Shabbat will be hosted by Nurit Avigdor in honor of Rabbi Hammerman, the Young Family, the Nekritz Family, the Mayer Family and Darice Bailer, for all their hard work in making Tot Shabbat
a more meaningful experience.
Shabbat Morning: 9:30 AM – Men’s Club scholarships will be presented
Children’s services: 10:30 AM, including Jr. Congregation for grades 3-6 and Tot Shabbat Morning for the younger kids. This will be the final weekend for Jr. Congregation. Tot Shabbat Morning with Nurit will continue weekly throughout the summer.
Torah Portion: SHELACH - Numbers 13:1 - 15:41 - The story of the spies…and the paragraph on tzitzit (see below)
Haftarah – Joshua 2:1 - 2:24
See a weekly commentary from the UJC Rabbinic Cabinet, at www.ujc.org/mekorchaim. Read the Masorti commentary at http://www.masorti.org/mason/torah/index.asp. University of Judaism, JTS commentary is at: http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/parashah/. USCJ Torah
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Minyan On-Call List
We are in the midst of creating an on-call list for emergencies. Here is how it will work:
1) At 7:40 if we are in need of one or two more for a minyan and if we have people present who are saying kaddish…
2) We’ll have a list of approximately 20 who live within a 5-minute drive of the temple…
3) We rotate among those 20, so that no one person will be called excessively
4) We call until a tenth person is found.
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Hospitality is essential to spiritual practice. It reminds you that you are part of a greater whole. . . .
Putting others first puts you in the midst of life without the illusion of being the center of life.
— Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro in Minyan
Morning Minyan: Sundays and federal holidays at 9:00 AM, Weekdays at 7:30 AM – IN THE CHAPEL
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The Rabid Rabbi
First, this important e-mail from Beth Boyer:
Last week's Spiritual Journey section of the O-Gram listed "25 ways to help
Not only is it ILLEGAL FOR ANY AMERICAN TO BECOME AN AGENT OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT (it's called the Espionage Act and the very first people indicted under the act were Jews; the Frayhayt group), but it feeds into EVERY WORST STEREOTYPE of Jews as being self-interested, Israel first, turncoats, traitors, and what have you.
Israel is vital to us as Jews as our promised land, to Christians as a protector for their holy sites and reminder of their roots, to the world as an oasis of democracy in the Middle East. While there is much I do to support
Thank you, Beth for pointing out the historical and legal implications of #3. I was wondering why as soon as the O-Gram went out last week, two men in trench coats began to follow me everywhere! I figured they were from the Mitzvah Police, just making sure my shopping cart contained only pure vegetable shortening. When they presented me with a brochure suggesting that
It’s important to note that I do not necessarily agree with every aspect of every site mentioned in the Shabbat-O-Gram – in fact (unlike our community newspaper, for example), I try to provoke thoughtful discussion by presenting a variety of opinions on many matters. Like they say at FOX, “We commit treason, you decide.”
Excerpted from my farewell comments to Cantor Jacobson last Friday night:
As you’ve seen these past 6 months, I’m not good at goodbyes. It sort of has become my job in this community, year after year. Last month the federation asked me to pay tribute at their annual meeting to about half a dozen clergy and other key Jewish leaders leaving town, including Cantor Jacobson – I politely declined. I’m not a goodbye man.
Jews simply don’t have a word for goodbye. As you know, “Shalom” also means hello and peace and “l’hitraot” means “see ya soon.” When Israelis wish to say goodbye without it meaning anything else, they have to say, “Bye.” There is no such thing as “goodbye” in Hebrew.
L’hitraot is an interesting word: Actually it’s a reflexive verb meaning something like, literally, “to see yourself.” To say goodbye then, for a Jew, is to look at yourself in the mirror and see the reflection of the person who is leaving.
Five years ago, we had our first Friday Night Live. At that time, Craig Taubman came here an ignited a spark that tuned into a burning flame. On this Shabbat when we read all about the menorah in the torah portion, when we say goodbye it really gives us a chance to look at ourselves.
And when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we’ll see Deborah. Or, more to the point, we’ll hear her. And we won’t need to physically hear her to hear her – in fact what will be an even greater thrill will be to hear her without actually hearing her – to hear her in our own voices.
When Cantor Jacobson came here for her tryout, people sat on their hands, primarily. The most common response was, “What’s this with all the dai dai dais? Tonight we are dancing in the aisles, led by the children – and our dai dai dais sound far more natural – the music comes from the heart and flows from every pore.
When we sing as loud and unabashedly as we have tonight, your voice will echo in that. When Lecha Dodi continues to be our weekly wedding celebration, we’ll hear you in that too. When ancient prayers sound new to us, we’ll hear you in that as well.
So you see, I don’t need to say goodbye. You’re not leaving.
But I do need to say “thank you,” on behalf of our entire community. Thank you, and all the best in the future for you, Jordan, Maya and Shira.
SOME OLD BUSINESS … ON LAYLAS
EVIDENTLY, NOT EVERYONE SAW MY UPDATE ON LAYLAS THAT I HAD INCLUDED IN A PRIOR O-GRAM. SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE THAT THE WEBSITE ISSUES HAD BEEN RESOLVED AND THAT IN FACT LAYLAS HAS BEEN SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR MUTUAL RESPECT AND CO-EXISTENCE (THEY’VE EVEN GOT AN ISRAELI CHEF). IF YOU KNOW OF PEOPLE WHO CONTINUE TO HAVE ISSUES, PLEASE LET THEM KNOW OF THESE MATTERS – AND REMIND THEM TO CHECK THEIR SHABBAT-O-GRAM EVERY WEEK, SO THEY WON’T MISS THE LATEST!
Ask the Rabbi
Is kissing the Mezuzah a law or custom? What are Tzitzit?
Kissing a Mezuzah is just a custom – not a law. Having a mezuzah is a commandment, based on the Sh’ma, “And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your home and upon your gates.” Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy, explains that the mezuzah is placed on the doorpost to ensure that "When a Jew enters his house, he sees the mezuzah and is thereby reminded how he should act in his home. Likewise, when a Jew leaves the house, the mezuzah reminds him of the high level of behavior he is expected to maintain wherever he goes."
How to Hang a Mezuzah - A Multimedia Presentation
On the doorposts to Jewish homes, you may have noticed a small box hanging diagonally, often adorned with Jewish symbols. The box, known as a mezuzah, is often created by Jewish artists and made to be a beautiful Judaic item, but it is the contents of the box--a parchment with passages from the Torah in it--that are vital. Learn more about the significance of a mezuzah and how to hang one with the following multimedia presentation. Click here to begin
Judaism’s String Theory – The “Fringe Benefits” of Tzitzit
This week’s portion, Shelach, contains the paragraph from the Sh’ma on the tzitzit – fringes of the tallit. Here is some information on tzitzit from Wikipedia. Follow the links for more details if you are interested:
Tzitzit, with a thread of tekhelet
The Torah states in Numbers 15:38: "Speak to the children of Israel and you shall say to them that they shall make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments, throughout their generations, and they shall affix a thread of blue (Hebrew: תכלת - tekhelet) on the fringe of each corner."
Tzitzit are also commanded in Deuteronomy 22:12, which says: "You shall make yourself twisted threads, on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself."
Tzitzit are attached today only to Jewish religious garments, such as a tallit gadol (large prayer shawl). This is due in part to the fact that today's typical garment does not have the required 4 corners, and thus the fringes are not necessary. Traditional Jews wear a tallit katan (small prayer shawl) in order to fulfill this commandment at their own volition.
Various reasons are given for the commandment. The Torah itself states: "So that you will remember to do the commandments". In addition, it serves as a reminder of the Exodus from
SUMMER READING, SUMMER SURFING
Here are some great Web sites for your summer dose of Jewish culture. Try them out – only don’t get any sand in your computer!
www.Nextbook.org – a terrific review of Jewish literature and the arts. Part of a national effort to promote Jewish cultural literacy. Billed as a “Gateway to Jewish Literature, Culture and Ideas.”
From this week:
"Is this about religion?" Ali Cohen's boyfriend asks before she heads to a camp reunion in The J.A.P. Chronicles, adding "I'll convert if it's that damn important." At times charming, Isabel Rose's novel is also "catty and deals with complicated and sad issues with flippancy," says Sarah Rachel Egelman. Rose, at work on adapting her novel into a musical, tells the Forward, "You empower yourself with a word that someone else wants to call you in an effort to disempower you."
You can also listen to Nextbook audio segments online or on your portable MP3 player. Feed >>
www.Jbooks.com -- promotes the latest in books of Jewish interest.
There you can read a review of David Horovitz’ book “Still Life with Bombers,” an account of wartime in
Here’s an excerpt from the review:
“Though I've read a myriad of books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not one has moved me quite as much as David Horovitz’s Still Life with Bombers. Horovitz, the editor of The Jerusalem Report and a British émigré now living in
Jewish book news and reviews from around the web.
Robert Alter turns from the Five Books of Moses to Six Modernist Writers and Cities They Wrote About. >>
Alan Wolfe parses the texts of Jewish-American identity. >>
Some Jewish books that make you say, "
Another 9/11 novel hits the shelves. >>
Well, it ain't the Jerusalem Syndrome, but it does involve delusions. >>
The Dersh debate rages on. >>
Wondering what I’m reading? Lots! And you can be sure you’ll be hearing about some of it long about the 1st of Tishrei.
Are Jews Naturally Smarter? (The Economist)
Must Denominations Divide? Eric H. Yoffie (The Jewish Week)
After Hasbara Larry Weinberg (
Freedom and Justice in the Modern Middle East Bernard Lewis (Foreign Affairs)
Amos Oz’s New Song (a review of his new book in the National Review). Amos Oz, Israel's best-known contemporary novelist, has written a memoir of a childhood spent in the last days of the British Mandate and the first days of the Jewish state which in its sheer literary force outstrips even the richest of his novels. Some of this power derives from the prose itself — brooding, lyric, even incantatory — and from sentences engorged with emotion and reminiscence. But most of A Tale of Love and Darkness's energy is generated by Oz's elegant use of the friction between the personal and the political.
Creationism vs. Intelligent Design: Is There a Difference?
"Intelligent Design adherents believe only that the complexity of the natural world could not have occurred by chance. Some intelligent entity must have created the complexity, they reason, but that "designer" could in theory be anything or anyone.... Creationism comes in many varieties, from the strictest biblical literalism (according to which the Earth is only a few thousand years old, and flat) to the theistic evolutionism of the Catholic Church (which accepts evidence that the Earth is millions of years old, and that evolution can explain much of its history but not the creation of the human soul). Between those extremes, there are "Young-Earth" and "Old-Earth" creationists, who differ over the age of the planet and the details of how God created life...." By Daniela Engber (from Slate)
FAQs: What Is Intelligent Design?
"Intelligent design is the theory that living things show signs of having been designed. ID supporters argue that living creatures and their biological systems are too complex to be accounted for by the Darwinian theory of evolution, and that a designer or a higher intelligence may be responsible for their complexity...."
By Editors (from Beliefnet)
“For 60 years, my country, the
MUSEUM TRACES HISTORY OF THE INFAMOUS ‘PROTOCOLS’—(Washington) The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is currently hosting an exhibit tracing the history of the forged document known as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Protocols outline a plan for world domination supposedly compiled by Jewish leaders during the First Zionist Conference in 1897. Though its origins remain uncertain, scholars believe much of the work was plagiarized from an 1864 pamphlet written by French satirist Maurice Joly. The book became very popular because as the Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Kenneth Jacobson, states, “The Protocols satisfy virtually every manifestation of contemporary anti-Semitism.” Copies were published in several languages, but Arabic is the language that appears most prominently among the artefacts. Last year, Wal-Mart sold copies of the book on its website, but decided to remove the book after widespread criticism. (JTA, June 20)
The "Pragmatic" Hamas Myth - Gerald M. Steinberg
Reflecting their eagerness to see "progress" in relations between Palestinians and Israelis, some American officials have adopted the myth of Hamas moderation, based on the theory that as the leaders of terrorist organizations gain political power, they are also forced to deal with the realities of the governing process which, in turn, fosters ideological moderation. But this theory has a poor track record, particularly in the case of radical Islamist groups. In
Academics refer to "mirror imaging," in which Western diplomats project their own pragmatism and compromise onto leaders of terror groups from other cultures. Wishful thinking presented an image of Arafat having made the transition from terrorist leader to pragmatic statesman. The mountain of evidence demonstrating that Arafat remained stuck in 1947 rejectionism was overlooked - it was not part of the optimistic conceptual framework. Yet instead of moving toward conflict management, this mythology leads to escalation. (
· Engage With Us in Iraq - Hoshyar Zebari
Extremists see Iraq as a test case: If democratic forces can be defeated - which will be assured if the world disengages - these extremists will be ever more emboldened to spread their hatred and violence throughout the world. Iraq has emerged as the central battlefield in the fight of the civilized world against terror and extremism, and the terrorists know that the people of
· Anglicans Target Israel - Editorial
The Christian West has a marked, and growing, prejudice against the State of
Palestinians See General Improvement But No Political Settlement (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research)
A survey of Palestinian opinion conducted June 9-11, 2005, asked:
Evaluate the situation in general since the election of Mahmud Abbas:
Things have: Improved a lot 3%, Improved somewhat 45%, Did not change 39%, Worsened somewhat 8%, Worsened a lot 4%
Do most Palestinians see Sharon's plan to evacuate the Israeli settlements from Gaza as a victory for the Palestinian armed struggle?
A victory 73%, Not a victory 20%
Do you support the collection of arms from armed Palestinian groups?
Strongly support 10%, Support 28%, Oppose 43%, Strongly oppose 17%
How soon do you think a political settlement between
Not possible ever 46%, Only after many generations 22%, Only in the next generation 7%, In the next decade 3%, In the next few years 16%
American Helicopters Bomb in
An American signal to
Syrian sources said American helicopters penetrated Syrian territory from Iraq, in violation of Syrian sovereignty, according to a report published Wednesday in the London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat by Ibrahim Hamidi, its senior correspondent in
U.S. Asking: Can Abbas Deliver? - Aluf Benn (Ha'aretz)
The weakening of PA Chairman Abbas is very troubling to the American administration.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who came to the area last week, was impressed by the seriousness of a report she received from her security coordinator, Gen. William Ward, who described the crumbling of the PA, power struggles, and infighting at senior levels of Fatah.
But even the Americans are wondering whether to continue assisting Abbas or if the time has come to realize that nothing will help him, and even if he gets extra assistance, he won't be able to give anything in return.
Sharon, Abbas Meet in Jerusalem - Aluf Benn and Arnon Regular
Prime Minister Sharon Tuesday hosted PA Chairman Abbas at his Jerusalem residence for their first working meeting since the Sharm el-Sheikh summit. Abbas said there would be security coordination between the sides and the PA would deploy 5,000 policemen in the
See also Sharon to Abbas: Islamic Jihad Endangers You - Eliel Shachar
Sharon told Abbas at their meeting: "The situation as it is today cannot continue. We will have to act to stop the terror. Under the current situation, the chance of progress on the political front is slim. I am informing you that we will act against Islamic Jihad with full force. Islamic Jihad also endangers you, and if the situation continues, you will miss the opportunity."
Referring to the young Palestinian woman suicide bomber caught at the
IDF to Target Senior Islamic Jihad Leaders - Amos Harel
Senior Israel Defense Forces sources said Tuesday that in the wake of recent terrorist attacks orchestrated by Islamic Jihad, it has been decided to resume targeted interceptions of senior leaders of the group, which were stopped after the February Sharm el-Sheikh summit. The IDF intends to act also against those assisting to carry out terrorist attacks and not only pursue militants referred to as "ticking bombs." If necessary, the military will also enter
More than ten mortar shells and one Kassam rocket were fired at
PA Still Encouraging Child Martyrdom - Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook (Palestinian Media Watch)
In this week's prime time PA TV broadcast of "The Palestinian Diaspora," a 12-year-old reads his uncle a story he wrote:
"Don't cry, my mother! Let me go and fight for the sake of the homeland. The enemy stole our beautiful land....We all must fight in order to redeem the lost paradise....We lived in joy and happiness, until the foreign enemy [Israel] came and expelled us from our land, and we became refugees in tents. But we will return, by Allah's will!"
"His mother told him, 'Farewell, my son. Allah be with you.' He kissed her and left to fight, and fought until he became a Shahid [martyr for Allah]."
Play the Video
Abbas' Weakness Rocks the Road to Peace - Editorial
In defiance of a ceasefire declared by the two sides in February, Islamic Jihad has recently launched attacks on targets in the West Bank,
Condi in Cairo - Editorial
On Monday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to
See also Democracy in the Middle East - Secretary of State Rice at the
See also Arabs Unimpressed by U.S. Vow of Mideast Policy Change (AFP/Yahoo)
A Gaza Pull-Out Does Not Reward Terror - David Makovsky and Dennis Ross
The criticism taking the greatest toll on support for the withdrawal plan is that it rewards the terrorists and will only invite more terror. Technically speaking, the terror has come from the West Bank and not
For a contrasting view, see Jailed Fatah Leader Says Israeli Pullout Outcome of Armed Resistance
Fatah leader Marwan al-Barghouti, who is currently jailed by
30% Rise in Tourist Entries - Shani Rosenfelder (Jerusalem Post)
Over 172,000 tourists visited
Democracy as a Component of Security - Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom (Institute for Contemporary Affairs/Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
“Israeli checkpoints are unnecessarily preventing Palestinians from receiving medical attention.”
Israel has instituted checkpoints for one reason – to prevent Palestinian terrorists from infiltrating
Unfortunately, Palestinian terrorists have tried to take advantage of
On June 20, 2005, 21-year-old Wafa Samir Ibrahim Bas was arrested attempting to smuggle an explosives belt through the Erez crossing. Bas aroused the suspicion of soldiers at the checkpoint when a biometric scanner revealed she was hiding explosives. When she realized they had discovered the explosive belt, she attempted unsuccessfully to detonate it (Jerusalem Post, June 20, 2005; BBC, June 21, 2005).
Bas had been admitted on humanitarian grounds to
In an interview shown on Israeli television, Bas said her “dream was to be a martyr” and that her intent was to kill 40 or 50 people – as many young people as possible. She said her plan was to blow herself up in a crowded area rather than the hospital.
The Israeli checkpoint saved the lives not only of countless Israelis, but of the Palestinian would-be suicide bomber. By using this tactic, the Palestinians have reinforced the necessity of retaining the checkpoints and forced
This article can be found at http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/myths/mf18.html#v
Source: Myths & Facts Online -- A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Mitchell G. Bard, http://www.JewishVirtualLibrary.org. To order a copy of the paperback edition of Myths and Facts, click HERE. Myths & Facts is also available in Spanish, German, French, Russian, Portuguese, Swedish, and Hebrew.
THREE LESSONS FROM
Yesterday (June 20), a Palestinian woman took advantage of a humanitarian medical clearance to attempt a suicide bombing of an Israeli hospital. Israeli security caught Wafa al-Bas at a
This episode highlights three important points that remain largely ignored or misrepresented in media coverage of the
1) SUICIDE TERROR: ASPIRATION, NOT DESPERATION
Al-Bas explained to reporters why she carried out the act:
I love Allah, I love the
Though media outlets often rationalize Palestinian suicide terror as a 'desperate' response to Israeli wrongdoing, al-Bas' statement is the latest indication that the main motivation for the heinous crime is a twisted, lifelong aspiration to achieve 'greatness' via mass murder.
A primary source of this problem is incitement in Palestinian media and culture. On Sunday (June 19) PA President Mahmoud Abbas told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and western reporters that official Palestinian media 'no longer incites against
But very little has actually changed. As documented by Palestinian Media Watch, imagery promoting violence against 'illegitimate' Israelis and 'conspiratorial' Jews remains prominent in official Palestinian TV and newspapers. This is a direct violation of the PA's roadmap commitment for 'all official Palestinian institutions [to] end incitement against
2) IMPORTANCE OF ISRAELI CHECKPOINTS
The latest Amnesty International report accused
Al-Bas' act, however, clearly demonstrates the need for strict Israeli administration of checkpoints and medical permits. She is the latest in a long string of Palestinian terrorists who cynically used their status as medical patients or modest women to perpetrate terror attacks.
An important condemnation of al-Bas was carried only in the LA Times:
"We utterly condemn this action in every respect," said Shabtai Gold, a spokesman for Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, which is often critical of Israeli authorities for impeding Palestinian access to medical care inside
IDF spokeswoman Sharon Finegold put the matter in perspective: 'These terror organizations are not only the enemies of the Israelis but also of the Palestinian people themselves, who suffer as a result of this abuse of the young, the sick, the wounded.'
3) PA EMBRACING, NOT STOPPING TERRORISTS
According to a Haaretz report, Israeli security received a tip on al-Bas' imminent attack, and gave the PA and Abbas detailed information regarding it, but the PA did not act.
Al-Bas' thwarted effort followed on the heels of a brutal ambush of an Israeli civilian car in the West Bank (pictured), which killed 28-year
These seemed to be "perfect" examples for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who Tuesday afternoon is to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his official residence in central Jerusalem... Sharon never seems to tire demanding a complete cessation of terrorism, violence and incitement, dismantling terrorist organizations and collecting their weapons.
UPI's jab at Sharon is both an unprofessional editorial comment inserted in a news article, and a complete misrepresentation of the PA's own commitment to the world community to uproot terrorism from its midst.
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He gave her that "who are you?” look and couldn't remember ever having seen her before.
Then, noticing his look, she figured she had made a mistake and apologized. "Look," she said "I'm really sorry but when I first saw you, I thought you were the father of one of my children," and walked out of the store.
The guy was dumbfounded and thought to himself, "What the heck is the world coming to? Here is an attractive woman who can't keep track of who fathers her children!"
Then he got a little panicky. "I don't remember her," he thought but, MAYBE..during one of the wild parties he had been to when he was in college, perhaps he did father her child!
He ran from the store and caught her in the parking lot and asked, "Are you the girl I met at a party in college and then we had that real wild and crazy night together…?"
"No," she said with a horrified look on her face. "I'm your son's HEBREW SCHOOL TEACHER."
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