Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tough Life

Exactly fourteen days after my previous post, I again take writing implement in hand (metaphorically, of course) and pen this missive to the masses. Actually, that's an interesting point. Would my fingers in this case be considered my writing implement? I suppose the keyboard would have that function. But if I were, say, scratching this out in the sand with my various digits, presumably my finger itself would be the writing implement. In which case how would I possibly take my writing implement in hand? My finger (thank the one above for his kind beneficence) is always in hand!

Moving right along, today is the ninth of Elul, which means that we say the 25th through the 27th chapters of psalms. Now, being that I'm currently enjoying the 25th year of my life, I say the 25th chapter of psalms every day. My daily psalm schedule is to say the Rebbe's chapter, followed by my own, and then the daily recitations for Elul and the month (The second ת in ח״תת [or is that חת״ת?]). And yes, I know the general rule that we do more common things before we do uncommon things, but in this case I'm afraid that I'll forget the extra three chapters if I say the others first, so I just say them first. We all need something to do Teshuvah for, right?

Point being, it feels really weird to say the same psalm twice in a row. Is there some sort of protocol I should be following to prevent this sort of thing from happening? I could say, for example, the Rebbe's chapter after my own, but that just feels wrong. Or perhaps I could say the Chitas ones first, but there's just as much trouble to be found there as anywhere. Heck, if I was a really precocious ten month old and it was Rosh Chodesh Elul, I'd have the problem however you looked at it! Unless I said my own last. Hmm, that's an idea.

Today I just ended up saying them back to back, which made me feel a bit like Prince and the (semi) Hebrew Hammer, but is there a better way to do things?

These are the questions that torment me on the subway ride to work.


e said...

In general, the Chumash Chitas of Simchas Torah is to finish v'zos haberacha and to start Bereishis. For example, if Simchas Torah would be on a Wednesday, one would learn Wednesday's, Thursday's, Friday's, and Shabbos's respective portions of v'zos habreacha and Sunday's, Monday's, Tuesday's, and Wednesday's portions of Bereishis.

When I was in Ukraine, simchas Torah fell out on Sunday. So Chitas learners had just finished learning v'zos habracha the previous day (not for the first time, mind you). It seemed perfectly logical to me just learn the first portion of Bereishis that day. But one of the bochurim insisted on learning the entire v'Zos Haberacha that day as well as the beginning of bereishis.

e said...

What's the prince and hammer reference?

The Real Shliach said...

Um, yeah, I was taught to do the same thing. The real killer is when, like this year, Simchas Torah falls out on a Friday, because then you have to do virtually the entire Bereishis on one day, plus Shnayim Mikrah. And this is all on a day where your sole objective is to drink/dance as much as possible.

Ok, so I actually got the reference mixed up.

sarabonne said...

Sigh, another tormented soul.

The Real Shliach said...

The real torment is the stupid 8th avenue line.

sarabonne said...

Or the Utica stop. We waited half an hour for the 4 train and then got a sick passenger. I was tempted to yell, "We should riot or something!"just to see what would happen.

The Real Shliach said...

I'm sure we'd all love to see you on the front page of all the local papers.