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Mikveh Monday - Karen's Musings
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Mikveh Monday
I had mikveh duty tonight. There were a lot of appointments compared to my normal sleepy Mondays. I had 7 appointments scheduled from 8:30-9:30 (ending at 10pm), but didn't get out of there until 10:30. Not bad, considering. Actually every single woman that came tonight was extremely friendly and chatty. Many women (myself included) are very reserved at the mikveh, so it's rare to have personal conversations with one or two people when I'm an attendant, let alone individual conversations with 7 separate women in one night. It was very nice.

One woman complimented my sheitel, which was a surprise because I'd been fighting with it all day (I need to wash and set it soon...like yesterday soon). Another, upon hearing that I have a foster son, said she really admires me. Several women found out I live in Woodside and gushed about my Rabbi. Why do I get so proud when people talk about how amazing my Rav is? It's not like I can take any credit. But he is pretty astounding. Everyone who found out I come from Woodside was impressed that I "schlepp so far" for mikveh duty. Um... it's 15-20 minutes away. That's not far! Granted there's a mikveh 15-20 seconds away from my house, but that doesn't mean it's a bother to drive 15 minutes to be an attendant in Potomac. Besides, the Potomac Mikveh is really nice!

It was a good night.

Until I came home and found the 4 inch long, 3/4 inch diameter slug crawling on my garage door. In it's own way it was kind of cute. But also kind of slimy looking...

Current Mood: giggly good!

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either_or From: either_or Date: August 16th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
1. have you ever seen a banana slug?

2. what, exactly, is so great about your rabbi? knowing nothing about them, i'm just curious about why one would stand out as awesome.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 16th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
1. I don't even know what a banana slug is. I shall have to investigate.

2. My rabbi is pretty well-known for his scholarship in Jewish law, so that in and of itself is great. What I find particularly appealing about him is that he is also a very well respected legal scholar (he's a law professor at a top tier school). For an Orthodox Rabbi to wear two hats (literallly and figuratively) in both the secular and religious world is pretty uncommon. And he draws the two worlds together realistically and with great wisdom. Aside from being brilliant (and I know a lot of smart people, but I don't throw around the word "brilliant"), he's also truly kind and empathetic, which makes him wonderful counsel to his congregants and others. Plus, he's an extraordinary public speaker. There's more, but that's the gist.
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