Daily Archives: April 28, 2011

Our son, the budding lawyer (or enforcer? Hmmm)

I overheard a conversation between HockeyFan and ChatterBox, and heard something about someone signing an agreement. Happened to be it was the little one being “encouraged” to sign.

I asked for a look at this document.

Here it is:

__________(first name) _________________(middle name) ________________ (last name) solemnly swear that if I annoy [HockeyFan] this weekend or I sleep on his bed on April 28 2011 I shall be under his command for a week.

Funnily enough they tried to convince me that once signed it is legal and enforceable. Seeing as they are both minors I told them no. However, apparently since they live in my “Queendom” (their word) I can choose whether it is legally binding in our home.

I have the power. Bwah hah hah!


Ima, the Protector

He may be taller than me, but he is still my child.
He may be wider than me, but he is still my little boy.
His voice may be deep, and his beard growing in, but he is still my young son.

That is why, when crossing the parking lot to the car from the supermarket I put my arm in front of him to hold him back when I saw a car coming. To protect my child. It’s instinctive. But yet, apparently embarrassing when you are almost 16.

When I was around his age, I was in the car with my Mum, and we got into a little fender bender, or a near miss – the memory is hazy. As she slammed on the brakes, Mum’s arm went out to hold me back and protect me.

From birth we protect our kids, and there is no law that says we have to stop at a certain age. But there comes a time when we have to step back and allow them to make their own mistakes, yet gently protect them at the same time.


Halachot for Royal Wedding Day 2011

(Hat tip @Noah Roth)

I love this – shamelessly taken from someone’s FB page!

This is the authorised order of the day, as laid out by the Chief Rabbi of Canterbury, Rav H.R.H Williams.

Section A: Tefilla

1. One should dress in one’s finest clothes fitting to meet the Queen.

2. The congregation will join in with the Chazan who will begin the service with Adon Olam to the tune of ‘God Save The Queen’.

3. The service will continue as normal with the morning brachot, however ‘she lo asani goy’ will not be recited.

4. Pezukei D’Zimra will remain the same however Nishmat Kol Chai will be added in after Az Yashir. The Chazan for Shacharit will take over from Hamelech and will do Shacharit in the Yamim Noraim nusach.

5. The Kedusha should be that of Shabbat morning and all parts should be sung to the tune of ‘Rule Britannia’.

6. Hallel will be said, however there are differing opinions as to whether you make a bracha or not, therefore:

a. If you are praying in a United Synagogue (an organisation founded by Royal Decree), you should recite full Hallel with a bracha.

b. If you are in an Affiliated Synagogue, or any other type of synagogue, full Hallel should be said without a bracha.

7. The accepted minhag is for the Chazan to sing the refrains ‘Hodu’ and ‘Ana Hashem’ to the tune of the hymn ‘Jerusalem’.

8. Tachanun and Lamnatzeiach are not recited.

9. There is a special Torah reading for the occasion, which is from Parashat Shoftim where we learn about the Mitzvah of appointing a King – Devarim 17:14 – 18:2. The Torah should be read without a bracha.

10. The Haftorah is from Shmuel 11:1-12:25, which contains the episode of David and Batsheva. Brachot should not be recited.

11. Once the Haftorah is finished, the Torah should be held next to the Bimah and the prayer for the Royal Family should be read. Prince William’s and Princess Catherine’s name should be inserted into the prayer.

12. Psalm 119 will be read as the Shir Shel Yom.

Section B: Minhagei HaYom

1. Women, slaves and children are obligated to celebrate the Royal Wedding with a festive meal.

2. The meal should take place after Chatzot in a public location, preferably a street, because of pirsumei nisuin (publicising the wedding).

3. B’dieved, if one does not have nice neighbours, one can have a meal in one’s garden.

4. If the weather is inclement, the meal can be held indoors. The same rules apply here as for eating in a Succah.

5. Hamotzi should be recited at the start of the meal.

6. Bentsching should be made over a cup of wine, followed by Sheva Toasts. This consists of making the bracha ‘Borei Pri HaGafen’ followed by six toasts to the following recipients: Prince William, Princess Catherine, Queen Elizabeth, Phillip Duke of Edinburgh, Charles Prince of Wales and all the Royal Family.