learning: parshah emor & lag b’omer .. and spinning babble

This week is parshah Emor (Vayikra 21:1-24:23), which discusses the laws related to the kohanim (priests), shabbat and festivals, and lighting a menorah in the temple (this is not a chanukah menorah as that miracle came after this), and what to do with one who blasphemies, “fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (man or animal must be compensated).

Sunday is Lag b’Omer (and the Parade). What is Lag B’omer? Here’s what chabad says. (I am not a Lubavitcher, but I think they have a very nice website and their explanations are generally quite nice.) All that said, I’d move up the Rabbi Akiva info in my personal “what’s so special about lag b’omer” list..

This weekend is MDSWF. I am no longer sure if we are attending. I think not. Some work/life stuff came up this week and after it all I can’t ask E to drive me down. I’m a bit sad about this, but it’s my own doing. It’s probably for the best, as I am coveting a wheel and that’s bad for many reasons not least that I have no real need for one nor any place to store one and all the wool that goes with it. So, in any case, if one had to choose which would you choose and why? A Babe production , a Babe spinnrock, or a louet s17, or ???. Cost and size/storage are big concerns. I don’t know if I’ll have the time or will really like it. For those who have commented, spinning classes exist in nyc, but they are at prices I can’t justify. I’d be open to a barter of some sort (tech help?) but I haven’t yet found an opportunity.

שׁבּת שׁלום