VAYISHLACH (Genesis, 32:4-36:43) — “Straight Pins and Paszkes”


… there is much about the Amish that fascinated me.  I found many things that I could relate to, and quite a few things with which I disagreed.  I understand the desire to limit the amount of influence that “English”– the Amish term for anything non-Amish — society has one’s growing children.  I certainly admire their sense of working together and taking care of each other.  However, their insistence on the use of straight pins — rather than snaps and buttons – to fasten clothes was lost on me.  …

We stayed in a hotel within walking distance of Lancaster’s orthodox synagogue so we could attend Shabbos Services.  A Chassidic member of the congregation (yes, I’m sure he’s not Amish!!) shared with me an interesting observation about the Amish…

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Additional messages from previous years:

“Way to Go, Joe! (Lieberman)” (2003)

“The Inferior Decorator”, or,”Stay Out Of My Bedroom!” (2002) 

“All or Nothing?” (2001)

“Name that Angel” (2000)   



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