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Old 03-04-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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This last Shabbos, we had spectacular weather. Other than davening, meals and sleep, I spent almost the entire Shabbos outdoors. I have a deck in my backyard with shade trees, and I like to "hold court" back there on Shabbos afternoon. My kids have 8 to 10 friends over to play in the backyard, while several dads come visit me for some down time before Mincha arrives.

Mrs Flop and I like to use the afternoon for reconnecting, after a long week of work, kids' homework, the back and forth to minyan - you know... Life. Shabbos is just such a stark contrast to the week. Other than knowing the times for minyan and the various Torah classes being given around the neighborhood, there's simply no schedule or pressure to do much of anything. And it can be blissful.

Just thought I'd share. Any nice Shabbos stories any of you would like to share. Something that makes it special for you.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:08 AM
 
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One of the amazing benefits to living in a neighborhood with 4 or 5 Orthodox shuls/minyans in walking distance is the other-worldly site of hundreds of men and boys in their finest black suits/ white shirts walking to shul at the times for davening. The side walks are teeming with frumkite.

I sometimes wonder what the goyim living and passing thru the neighborhood think of this site. I also wonder if they realize that when an Orthodox shul moves into a neighborhood, home values ALWAYS go up.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:34 PM
 
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What I love most is the pressure not to multi-task everything. Without the cell phone and laundry, I turn more to my books. It's peaceful.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:32 PM
 
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What I love most is the pressure not to multi-task everything. Without the cell phone and laundry, I turn more to my books. It's peaceful.
My oldest kids have become voracious readers since we got rid of out tv several years ago. They're so cute on Shabbos night. After we finish our Shabbos dinner and the guests leave, it's usually pretty late. They're usually sitting on the floor with blankets by the light of the closet reading when I head off to bed for the night.

Tonight (Thursday) we are preparing meals for Shabbos. I just finished making the chulent for Shabbos afternoon, and I know my wife is going to make a veggie kishka to add in to it. I can already feel the kiddusha of Shabbos coming on. Shabbos is such and amazing gift Hashem gave us Yidden.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Lake Worth, FL
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I agree Flip. I just put a pickled tongue (I put it in a homemade pickling solution for 10 days, next week is 17!) in the slow cooker to go over night. Tomorrow morning I wake up to make 4 loaves of challah and 1 loaf of homemade rye bread.

I'm so very ready to welcome Shabbat.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:58 AM
 
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Did everyone have a beautiful Shabbos? Any good words of Torah you heard over Shabbos that you can share here?
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:21 PM
 
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I've been reading Rabbi Telushkin's Code of Ethics Volume 1, which isn't Torah, I realize. It was still nice to focus on Judaism. Baby steps!
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:13 PM
 
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I've been reading Rabbi Telushkin's Code of Ethics Volume 1, which isn't Torah, I realize. It was still nice to focus on Judaism. Baby steps!
If by Torah you mean Chumash, well no. But it's surely words of Torah, as in the concept of Torah, not the words in the book. You're certainly on the proper path.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:59 AM
 
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I've been reading Rabbi Telushkin's Code of Ethics Volume 1, which isn't Torah, I realize. It was still nice to focus on Judaism. Baby steps!
It's an excellent book. I'm a fan of Rabbi Telushkin; he has a way of explaining topics within Judaism that makes a huge impact.
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