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Shana Tova 5772


Happy new year to all the MOTs out there!

It’s been a time of new initiatives and new beginnings for me. New job, new outlook, new projects… I do love the fall and the fact that Rosh Hashanah  always seems to signal a renewed sense of motivation in my life.

Wishing you and yours all the best for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year.


My New Year’s Resolutions for 5769 are:

  1. Walk to (and from) work. See the post below. This one’s an easy resolution to make now, and might be tougher to stick to when the minus-30 weather begins, but I’m certainly going to try to stick to it!
  2. Pack my lunch. I’ve lapsed into laziness, and the cost of buying lunch several times a week is adding up fast. Bringing lunch is cheaper and healthier; eating out should be for special occasions only.
  3. Eat healthier. Kinda follows logically from #2, but also includes a clause against sitting in front of the TV eating chocolate chips out of the package. (Yes, okay, we all know I’m a chocoholic!)
  4. Improve my Spanish from Sesame Street-level to semi-conversational. The Coffee Break Spanish podcast is awesome.
  5. Find a new volunteer project. I haven’t been involved in a good project in a while, and it’s time.

I usually end up not keeping new year’s resolutions. But this time, maybe by making them in September instead of December, it’ll be a better time of year to kick off new habits. It’s all about baby steps, anyway, not big leaps.

Shana Tova, everyone!


Shana Tova


To all the fine-looking Jews out there: Best wishes for a happy and healthy 5768.

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Aseret yemei teshuvah


These ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are traditionally the days when Jews ask forgiveness from people and from G-d for any wrongs we might have done throughout the year. I’m not religious by most definitions, but I’ve always liked the concept, and particularly the notion that we need to be forgiven by […]

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L’Shana Tova


Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year.

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Leaf-peeping and pommes


That’s pommes as in apples, not pommies as in Brits, by the way. Which suits me just fine, because it’s apple season and they are incredibly good this year. And just in time for Rosh Hashanah too. Apples and honey… mmmmm…. It’s also leaf-peeping season, an activity with a comical name but lots of great […]

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The best part of Rosh Hashanah


Here in Montreal, anyway… when Rosh Hashanah is “late”, like this year, it coincides with the peak of apple season. Fresh-picked apples and honey… mmmmm….

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Shana Tova


Just in time for Rosh Hashanah: the High Holidays Seating Request Form. A very happy New Year to all my MOT readers. L’Shana Tova.

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1,017 Israeli lives lost


The latest statistics according to Shin Bet say that 1,017 Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the current intifada. 70% of them were civilians. The civilian figure would probably be higher if off-duty soldiers were included as civilians. As virtually the entire country aged 18-21 is in the army, a fair number of […]

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Top 10 ways to pass the time in synagogue


10. Pick a long song, like “American Pie”, and try to remember all the words. 9. Play anagrams with the English side of the Machzor text. 8. Start a rumour that a high school classmate is engaged to a political figure… but refuse to say which one. 7. Insert random words into the songs where […]

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